Textual thesaurus for "essay"

(verb) seek, assay, attempt, try

make an effort or attempt

He tried to shake off his fears; The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps; The police attempted to stop the thief; He sought to improve himself; She always seeks to do good in the world

(verb) try, try out, test, prove, examine

put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

This approach has been tried with good results; Test this recipe