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essay meaning

EN[-ɛseɪ]
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  • Essays are generally scholarly pieces of writing giving the author's own argument, but the definition is vague, overlapping with those of an article, a pamphlet and a short story.
  • Essays can consist of a number of elements, including: literary criticism, political manifestos, learned arguments, observations of daily life, recollections, and reflections of the author.
  • The concept of an "essay" has been extended to other mediums beyond writing. A film essay is a movie that often incorporates documentary film making styles and which focuses more on the evolution of a theme or an idea.
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    Definition of essay in English Dictionary

  • NounPLessays
    1. A written composition of moderate length exploring a particular issue or subject.
      1. In his first book since the 2008 essay collection Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, David Quammen looks at the natural world from yet another angle: the search for the next human pandemic, what epidemiologists call “the next big one.”
    2. OBS A test, experiment; an assay.
      1. (now rare) An attempt.
      2. VerbSGessaysPRessayingPT, PPessayed
        1. (dated) VT To try.
          1. VI To move forth, as into battle.
          2. More Examples
            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
              • I had to unindent the first line of each paragraph so that my essay would fit onto one side of paper.
              • Some students pad out their essays by adding a whole lot of quotes from random sources.
              • The essay is governed by a kind of primitive historicism that single-mindedly and even simple-mindedly strives to identify Hamlet with James.
            2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
              • You're really going to get some brownie points from the teacher for that fantastic essay!
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Nouns
              • Countable nouns
              • Verbs
                • Intransitive verbs
                  • Transitive verbs
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                Meaning of essay for the defined word.

                Grammatically, this word "essay" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
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