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as•say /v. æˈseɪ; n. ˈæseɪ, æˈseɪ/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to examine, analyze, or evaluate: to assay a situation.
- Metallurgyto examine and analyze (an ore, etc.) to determine how pure it is.
- Metallurgyan analysis of the parts of a substance, esp. to find out the amount of metal in an ore or alloy, or the amount of a drug in a substance.
(v. a sā′;n. as′ā, a sā′),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to examine or analyze:to assay a situation; to assay an event.
- Metallurgyto analyze (an ore, alloy, etc.) in order to determine the quantity of gold, silver, or other metal in it.
- Drugs[Pharm.]to subject (a drug) to an analysis for the determination of its potency or composition.
- to judge the quality of;
evaluate:to assay someone's efforts.
- to try or test;
put to trial:to assay one's strength; to assay one's debating abilities.
- to attempt;
essay:to assay a dance step.
- Metallurgyto contain, as shown by analysis, a certain proportion of usually precious metal.
- Metallurgydetermination of the amount of metal, esp. gold or silver, in an ore, alloy, etc.
- a substance undergoing analysis or trial.
- a detailed report of the findings in assaying a substance.
- Middle French; variant of essay
- Middle English 1250–1300
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assay vb /əˈseɪ/
n /əˈseɪ; ˈæseɪ/
- to subject (a substance, such as silver or gold) to chemical analysis, as in the determination of the amount of impurity
- (transitive) to attempt (something or to do something)
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old Northern French assai; see essayasˈsayer n
- an analysis, esp a determination of the amount of metal in an ore or the amounts of impurities in a precious metal
- (as modifier): an assay office
- a substance undergoing an analysis
- a written report on the results of an analysis
- a test
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