assay (v.) Old form(s): assaid , Assaies , assay'd
attempt, try, venture
2H6 IV.v.8[Scales to Citizens] The rebels have assayed to win the Tower
3H6 I.iv.118[York to Queen] But that thy face is vizard-like ... / I would assay, proud Queen, to make thee blush
AYL I.iii.127[Rosalind to Celia] what if we assayed to steal / The clownish fool
CE V.i.97[Abbess to Adriana, of curing Antipholus] Or lose my labour in assaying it
E3 III.iv.12[King John to all, of the fleeing troops] Let us yet assay / If we can counsel some of them to stay
Ham IV.vii.151[Claudius to Laertes, of their plan] 'Twere better not assayed
Oth II.i.119[Desdemona to Iago] Come on, assay
Oth II.iii.201[Othello to all] passion, having my best judgement collied, / Assays to lead the way
Per I.i.60[Daughter to Pericles] Of all 'sayed yet, mayst thou prove prosperous!
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