V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) 1. to test or examine something to determine its quality and/or components; 2. to try to do something; (n.) 1. a test or analysis; 2. a sample of the thing to be tested; 3. a written report of the analysis

Synonyms: (v.) analyze, assess, examine, attempt, strive, undertake, (n.) report, analysis


Tips: Assay is derived from the Old French assaier, "to test." The noun assay essentially means "test." The verb assay means "to try or to test something." The related noun assayer refers to the person who performs analysis--the one who assays.

Usage Examples:

Before they could determine whether what they had found was actually gold, they needed to find someone to assay it. (analyze, test) verb

Before we bought our house, we had the soil assayed to make sure there were no dangerous chemicals in it. (analyzed, assessed) verb

There are different assays used to measure the amount of chlorine present in water. (tests) noun

The assayer determined that the water was full of dangerous petrochemicals. (tester, examiner) noun

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