Tried to ski.
The last steep ascent tried my every muscle.
An example of a try is a team's bid at the championship.
An example of to try is to do everything possible to be at a graduation party.
I know it's not easy, but keep trying!
Job was sorely tried.
Rigors that try one's stamina.
To try a new recipe.
To try one's fortune in another city.
I tried mixing more white paint to get a lighter shade.
You are trying too hard.
I shall try my skills on this; you are trying my patience.
The light tries his eyes.
Repeated failures try one's patience.
To try rival claims by a duel; to try conclusions.
I gave sushi a try but I didn't like it.
Today I scored my first try.
To try weights or measures by a standard; to try a person's opinions.
- To attempt to do something for the first time:I tried my hand at skiing.
- To make an effort or take a risk to be successful, especially as a newcomer.
- to test the fit or appearance of (an item of clothing, jewelry, etc.) by putting it on
- to attempt (to do something), esp. for the first time
- 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.
Origin of try
- Middle English trien to pick out, separate (right from wrong), test, attempt from Old French trier to pick out Provençal Catalan triar to pick out of unknown origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 𐍄𐌹𐍂𐌰𐌽 (tiran, “to tear away, remove"), from Proto-Germanic *teranÄ… (“to tear, tear apart"), from Proto-Indo-European *derÉ™- (“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.