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  1. [noun] an appraisal of the state of affairs; "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress"
    Synonyms: check

  2. [noun] a substance that is undergoing an analysis of its components

  3. [noun] a written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance

  4. [noun] a quantitative or qualitative test of a substance (especially an ore or a drug) to determine its components; frequently used to test for the presence or concentration of infectious agents or antibodies etc.

  5. [verb] analyze (chemical substances)

  6. [verb] make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
    Synonyms: try, seek, attempt, essay


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