verb (used with object)
Origin of essay
Examples from the Web for essayed
But nothing they essayed could fully drown out the keening of their lust to return to high office.Tony Blair May Be Planning a Political Comeback but in What Role It’s Hard to Imagine|Peter Popham|May 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
An elderly man approached the steps, and reverently uncovering his gray locks, essayed to explain the matter.The White Old Maid (From "Twice Told Tales")|Nathaniel Hawthorne
In 1645 he essayed a reformation of the calendar, but his plan was not adopted.
She essayed to dry her eyes, and accepted the hand which Robert held out to raise her.Six Girls and the Tea Room|Marion Ames Taggart
Of the crowd some were curious, some stoical; some wept, some essayed philosophy.The Battle Of The Strong, Complete|Gilbert Parker
When De la Foret first opened his mouth and essayed to call the worshippers to prayer, no words came forth—only a dry whisper.Michel and Angele [A Ladder of Swords], Complete|Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for essayed
noun (ˈɛseɪ, for senses 2, 3 also ɛˈseɪ)
verb (ɛˈseɪ) (tr)
Word Origin for essay
Word Origin and History for essayed (1 of 2)
1590s, "short non-fiction literary composition" (first attested in writings of Francis Bacon, probably in imitation of Montaigne), from Middle French essai "trial, attempt, essay," from Late Latin exagium "a weighing, weight," from Latin exigere "test," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + agere (see act) apparently meaning here "to weigh." The suggestion is of unpolished writing.