Try meaning

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To make an effort to do or accomplish (something); attempt.

Tried to ski.

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To subject to great strain or hardship; tax.

The last steep ascent tried my every muscle.

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To put to the proof; test.
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The definition of a try is an attempt or effort.

An example of a try is a team's bid at the championship.

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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.

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To make an effort; strive.

I know it's not easy, but keep trying!

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(obs.) To separate; set apart.
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To melt (lard, for example) to separate out impurities; render.
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An attempt; an effort.
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(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.
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(now rare) To settle (a matter, quarrel, etc.) by a test or contest; fight out.
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To subject to trials, annoyance, etc.; afflict.

Job was sorely tried.

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To subject to a severe test or strain.

Rigors that try one's stamina.

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To test the operation or effect of; experiment with; make a trial of.

To try a new recipe.

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To attempt to find out or determine by experiment or effort.

To try one's fortune in another city.

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To make an effort at; attempt; endeavor.
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To attempt to open (a door or window) in testing to see whether it is locked.
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(obs.) To find to be so by test or experience; prove.
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To make an effort, attempt, or endeavor.
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To make an experiment.
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The act or an instance of trying; attempt; effort; trial.
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(rugby) A scoring play in which the ball is grounded on or behind the opponent's goal line.
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To judiciously examine both sides of a dispute and to come to an equitable solution by virtue of a trial.
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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.

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To make an experiment. Usually followed by a present participle.

I tried mixing more white paint to get a lighter shade.

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To experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience.

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To work on something.

You are trying too hard.

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To put to test.

I shall try my skills on this; you are trying my patience.

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To taste, sample, etc.

Try this"”you'll love it.

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To put on trial.

He was tried and executed.

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(nautical) To lie to in heavy weather under just sufficient sail to head into the wind.
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To strain; to subject to excessive tests.

The light tries his eyes.

Repeated failures try one's patience.

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To settle; to decide; to determine; specifically, to decide by an appeal to arms.

To try rival claims by a duel; to try conclusions.

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I gave unicycling a try but I couldn't do it.

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An act of tasting or sampling.

I gave sushi a try but I didn't like it.

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(rugby) A score in rugby, analogous to a touchdown in American football.

Today I scored my first try.

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(obsolete) Fine, excellent.
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Initialism of Turkish lira.
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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.

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try (one's) hand
  • To attempt to do something for the first time:
    I tried my hand at skiing.
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try (one's) fortune
  • To make an effort or take a risk to be successful, especially as a newcomer.
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try on
  • to test the fit or appearance of (an item of clothing, jewelry, etc.) by putting it on
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try one's hand at
  • to attempt (to do something), esp. for the first time
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try out
  • 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.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

try (one's) fortune
try one's hand at

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").

    From Wiktionary

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably from Old French trié.

    From Wiktionary