(dated) To try.
(intransitive) To move forth, as into battle.
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Origin of Essay
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 ag- in Indo-European roots V., from Middle English assaien from Old French assaer, assaier variant of essayer
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle French essai.
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