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essay

  
  ( essays    plural  )
1       n-count   An essay is a short piece of writing on one particular subject written by a student.  
We asked Jason to write an essay about his hometown and about his place in it.     
2       n-count   An essay is a short piece of writing on one particular subject that is written by a writer for publication.  
oft N on n  
...Thomas Malthus's essay on population.     
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essayist, easy, estuary, espy

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n.
a leader in a race or competition
n.
(in an auction, negotiation or other business competition) the situation in which the winning party has overrated the pursued object
[Bus.]
id.
be more successful than others in a competitive situation or do things in advance in order to succeed in a competition.
That basketball team was ahead of the game that is why they won!
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