- The definition of a try is an attempt or effort.
An example of a try is a team's bid at the championship.
- Try is defined as to test, to make an attempt, or to determine the legal guilt or innocence.
An example of to try is to do everything possible to be at a graduation party.
try definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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 definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb tried tried , try·ing, tries tries verb, transitive
- To make an effort to do or accomplish (something); attempt: tried to ski.
- To taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability: Try this casserole. Try the door.
- Law a. To examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process.b. To put (an accused person) on trial.
- To subject to great strain or hardship; tax: The last steep ascent tried my every muscle.
- To melt (lard, for example) to separate out impurities; render.
- To smooth, fit, or align accurately.
- An attempt; an effort.
- Sports In Rugby, an act of advancing the ball past the opponent's goal line and grounding it there for a score of three points.
Origin: Middle English trien, from Old French trier, to pick out, from Vulgar Latin *triāre.Usage Note: The phrase try and is commonly used as a substitute for try to, as in Could you try and make less noise? A number of grammarians have labeled the construction incorrect. To be sure, the usage is associated with informal style and strikes an inappropriately conversational note in formal writing. Sixty-five percent of the Usage Panel rejects the use in writing of the sentence Why don't you try and see if you can work the problem out between yourselves?
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try - Phrases/Idioms
try one's hand at
- â to test the quality, result, value, etc. of, as by putting to use; experiment with
- â to test one's fitness, as for a job, a place on an athletic team, a role in a play, etc.
try (one's) hand