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noun [countable] essay pronunciation in British English /ˈeseɪ/
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  1. 1
    a short piece of writing by a student on a particular subject
    essay on/about: We have to write an essay about Romantic poetry.
  2. 2
    a short piece of writing on a particular subject that is published in a book, magazine, or newspaper
    essay on/about: Rousseau’s essay on the origin of language


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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