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]

Denominal of essai < Late Latin exagium.

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.