assay (v.) Old form(s): assai'd
try, test the mettle of, put to the proof
1H4 V.iv.33[King Henry to Douglas] I will assay thee [i.e. challenge you]
AW III.vii.44[Helena to Widow] tonight / Let us assay our plot
LC.156[] who ever shunned by precedent, / The destined ill she must herself assay
MM I.iv.76.1[Lucio to Isabella] Assay the power you have
Ven.608[of Venus] She hath assayed as much as may be proved
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