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assay as·say (ās'ā', ā-sā')

  1. Qualitative or quantitative analysis of a substance, especially of an ore or a drug, to determine its components.

  2. A substance to be so analyzed.

  3. The result of such an analysis.

  4. An analysis or examination.

v. as·sayed, as·say·ing, as·says (ā-sā', ās'ā')
  1. To subject a substance to chemical analysis.

  2. To examine a person's capability by trial or experiment; put to a test.

  3. To evaluate a situation; assess.

  4. To attempt; try.

  5. To be shown by analysis to contain a certain proportion of atoms, molecules, compounds, or precious metal.

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