- 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.
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.
verbtried tried , try·ing, tries tries
- To make an effort to do or accomplish (something); attempt: tried to ski.
- a. To taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability: Try this casserole.b. To make an effort to open (a closed door or window).
- Law a. To conduct the trial of (a legal claim): to try a negligence case.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.
nounpl. tries tries
- 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 of tryMiddle English trien, to pick out, separate (right from wrong), test, attempt, from Old French trier, to pick out; akin to Provençal and Catalan triar, to pick out, of unknown origin. 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. In our 2005 survey, just 55 percent of the Usage Panel accepted the construction in the sentence Why don't you try and see if you can work the problem out for yourselves?
(third-person singular simple present tries, present participle trying, simple past and past participle tried)
- To attempt; to endeavour. Followed by infinitive.
- I tried to rollerblade, but I couldn’t. I'll come to dinner soon. I'm trying to beat this level first.
- To make an experiment. Usually followed by a present participle.
- I tried mixing more white paint to get a lighter shade.
- To experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience.
- To work on something.
- You are trying too hard.
- To put to test.
- I shall try my skills on this; you are trying my patience
- To taste, sample, etc.
- Try this—you’ll love it.
- To put on trial.
- He was tried and executed.
- (nautical) To lie to in heavy weather under just sufficient sail to head into the wind.
- To prove by experiment; to apply a test to, for the purpose of determining the quality; to examine; to prove; to test.
- to try weights or measures by a standard; to try a person's opinions
- To strain; to subject to excessive tests.
- The light tries his eyes.
- Repeated failures try one's patience.
- To settle; to decide; to determine; specifically, to decide by an appeal to arms.
- to try rival claims by a duel; to try conclusions
- (to attempt): This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. In the future tense, it can take and instead of to.
- I'm going to try and distract him.
- (to make an experiment): This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
From Middle English trien (“to try a legal case”), from Anglo-Norman trier (“to try a case”), Old French trier (“to choose, pick out or separate from others, sift, cull”), of uncertain origin. Believed to be a metathetic variation of Old French tirer (“to pull out, snatch”), from Gothic (tiran, “to tear away, remove”), from Proto-Germanic *teraną (“to tear, tear apart”), from Proto-Indo-European *derə- (“to tear, tear apart”), see tear. Related to Occitan triar (“to pick out, choose from among others”).
Replaced native Middle English cunnen (“to try”) (from Old English cunnian), Middle English fandien (“to try, prove”) (from Old English fandian), and Middle English costnien (“to try, tempt, test”) (from Old English costnian).
Probably from Old French trié.
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