- The definition of tried is to have attempted, tested, or having been legally evaluated for guilt or innocence.
An example of tried is the long winning list of cheeses tested over and over in a competition; much-tried cheeses.
- tested; proved
- trustworthy; faithful
- having endured trials and troubles
- Thoroughly tested and proved to be good or trustworthy.
- Made to undergo trials or distress. Often used in combination: a much-tried teacher.
- Simple past tense and past participle of try.
Variant of try
transitive verbtried, trying
- Obsolete to separate; set apart
- : usually with out
- to melt or render (fat, etc.) to get (the oil)
- to extract or refine (metal, etc.) by heating
- Now Rare to settle (a matter, quarrel, etc.) by a test or contest; fight out
- to examine and decide (a case) in a law court
- to determine legally the guilt or innocence of (a person)
- to preside as judge at the trial of (a case or person)
- to put to the proof; test
- to subject to trials, annoyance, etc.; afflict: Job was sorely tried
- to subject to a severe test or strain: rigors that try one's stamina
- to test the operation or effect of; experiment with; make a trial of: to try a new recipe
- to attempt to find out or determine by experiment or effort: to try one's fortune in another city
- to make an effort at; attempt; endeavor: followed by an infinitive [try to remember] or, informally, by and used in place of to as the sign of the infinitive [try and remember]
- to attempt to open (a door or window) in testing to see whether it is locked
- Obsolete to find to be so by test or experience; prove
Origin of tryMiddle English trien ; from Old French trier ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Vulgar Latin an unverified form tritare, to cull out, grind ; from Classical Latin tritus, past participle of terere, to rub, thresh grain: see trite
- to make an effort, attempt, or endeavor
- to make an experiment
- the act or an instance of trying; attempt; effort; trial
- Rugby a scoring play in which the ball is grounded on or behind the opponent's goal line
try one's hand at
- ☆ to test the quality, result, value, etc. of, as by putting to use; experiment with
- ☆ to test one's fitness, as for a job, a place on an athletic team, a role in a play, etc.