Synonyms of essay in English:


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1‘he wrote an essay on overpopulation’

article, piece of writing, composition, study, paper, dissertation, assignment, thesis, discourse, treatise, text, tract, disquisition, monograph
leader, commentary, critique, criticism, exposition, appraisal, assessment, discussion
North American theme
informal piece

2‘the device was Alexander Graham Bell's first essay in telecommunications’

attempt, effort, endeavour, try, venture, trial, experiment, undertaking
informal crack, go, shot, stab, bash, whack


1‘many essayed to travel that way’

attempt, make an attempt at, try, strive, aim, venture, endeavour, seek, set out, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, make an effort, make every effort, spare no effort, give one's all, take it on oneself
have a go at, undertake, embark on, try one's hand at, try out, take on
informal give it a whirl, give it one's best shot, go all out, pull out all the stops, bend over backwards, knock oneself out, bust a gut, break one's neck, move heaven and earth, have a crack at, have a shot at, have a stab at