• To attempt (something).
  • To try, attempt (to do something).
  • To analyze or estimate the composition or value of (a metal, ore etc.).
  • To test the abilities of (someone) in combat; to fight.
  • To affect.
  • To try tasting, as food or drink.


  • From Middle English assay and assayen, from Anglo-Norman assai and Anglo-Norman assaier, from Old French essai. essay.

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