- The definition of trying is defined as an irritating person or thing.
An example of trying is a little brother constantly asking their older sibling "why"?: a trying brother.
(comparative more trying, superlative most trying)
- Present 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.