essayer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

essay +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

essayer (plural essayers)

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

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Denominative from essai < Latin exagium.

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Verb[edit]

essayer

  1. (transitive) to test
  2. (with "de") to try
    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>. (Contrast 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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Verb[edit]

essayer

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

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