Essayer Thesaurus

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

essay +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

essayer (pluralessayers)

  1. (obsolete) One who performs an essay; an experimenter.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Denominal of essai < Late Latinexagium.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

essayer

  1. (transitive) to test, to try on
  2. (with "de") to try, to attempt
    J'ai essayé d'apprendre le piano.

Conjugation[edit]

This is a regular -er verb as far as pronunciation is concerned, but as with other verbs in -ayer (such as payer and essayer, the <y> of its stem may optionally be written as <i> when it precedes a silent <e> (compare verbs in -eyer, which never have this spelling change, and verbs in -oyer and -uyer, which always have it; verbs in -ayer belong to both groups, according to the writer's preference).

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Middle French[edit]

Verb[edit]

essayer

  1. (transitive) to test
  2. (with "de") to try

Conjugation[edit]

  • Middle French conjugation varies from one text to another. Hence, the following conjugation should be considered as typical, not as exhaustive.

   Conjugation of essayer

simplecompound
infinitiveessayeravoir essayé
gerunden essayantUse the gerund of avoir followed by the past participle
present participleessayant
past participleessayé
personsingularplural
firstsecondthirdfirstsecondthird
indicativeie (may be i' before a vowel)tuilnousvousilz, elles
simple
tenses
presentessayeessayesessayeessayonsessayezessayent
imperfectessayois, essayoysessayois, essayoysessayoit, essayoytessayions, essayyonsessayiez, essayyezessayoient, essayoyent
past historicessayaessayasessayaessayasmesessayastesessayerent
futureessayerai, essayerayessayerasessayeraessayeronsessayerezessayeront
conditionalessayerois, essayeroysessayerois, essayeroysessayeroit, essayeroytessayerions, essayeryonsessayeriez, essayeryezessayeroient, essayeroyent
compound
tenses
present perfectUse the present tense of avoir followed by the past participle
pluperfectUse the imperfect tense of avoir followed by the past participle
past anteriorUse the past historic tense of avoir followed by the past participle
future perfectUse the future tense of avoir followed by the past participle
conditional perfectUse the conditional tense of avoir followed by the past participle
subjunctiveque ieque tuqu'ilque nousque vousqu'ilz, qu'elles
simple
tenses
presentessayeessayesessayeessayonsessayezessayent
imperfectessayasseessayassesessayastessayassionsessayassiezessayassent
compound
tenses
pastUse the present subjunctive of avoir followed by the past participle
pluperfectUse the imperfect subjunctive of avoir followed by the past participle
imperativetunousvous
essayeessayonsessayez

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

essayer n

  1. indefinitesingular of essay

Synonyms[edit]

es·say

(ĕs′ā′, ĕ-sā′)
n.
1. (ĕs′ā′)

a. A short literary composition on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the author.

b. Something resembling such a composition: a photojournalistic essay.

2. A testing or trial of the value or nature of a thing: an essay of the students' capabilities.

3. An initial attempt or endeavor, especially a tentative attempt.

tr.v.(ĕ-sā′, ĕs′ā′)es·sayed, es·say·ing, es·says

1. To make an attempt at; try.

2. To subject to a test.


[French essai, trial, attempt, from Old French, from essayer, to attempt, from Vulgar Latin *exagiāre, to weigh out, from Late Latin exagium, a weighing : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots. V., from Middle English assaien, from Old French assaer, assaier, variant of essayer.]


es·say′er n.

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