(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Essayed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Essaying.] [F. essayer. See Essay, n.] 1. To exert one's power or faculties upon; to make an effort to perform; to attempt; to endeavor; to make experiment or trial of; to try.
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What marvel if I thus essay to sing?
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Essaying nothing she can not perform.
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A danger lest the young enthusiast . . . should essay the impossible.
J. C. Shairp.
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2. To test the value and purity of (metals); to assay. See Assay. [Obs.] Locke.
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