verb (used with object), tried, try·ing.
- to determine the truth or right of (a quarrel or question) by test or battle (sometimes followed by out).
- to find to be right by test or experience.
verb (used without object), tried, try·ing.
noun, plural tries.
- to put on airs: She's been trying it on ever since the inheritance came through.
- to be forward or presumptuous, especially with a member of the opposite sex: She avoided him after he'd tried it on with her.
Origin of try
Synonyms for try
Examples from the Web for retried
Contemporary Examples of retried
The men later were retried after revelations that they destroyed the in-flight videotape of the incident.U.S. Soldiers, Accused of Rape in Italy, Hope to Go Free in America
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 25, 2014
If the high court rules that the case must be retried, it goes back only to the appellate stage, not to square one.Back to Jail for Amanda Knox?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 25, 2013
Judge Walton has set a date of Sept. 2nd to determine whether Clemens should be retried.Clemens Prosecutors Strike Out
July 15, 2011
Historical Examples of retried
Defarge and his wife were the accusers this time, and he was to be retried.Tales from Dickens
Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
Buckingham then intervened with a demand that the case should be retried.History of Modern Philosophy
Alfred William Benn
If they cannot agree, the case must be retried before a new jury.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
W. G. Aitchison Robertson
On the following day they returned to the judgment hall and retried the case.The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. I (of II)
Walter M. Chandler
It resulted in a disagreement of the jury, but the cause has been again placed upon the calendar and will shortly be retried.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents
James D. Richardson
verb tries, trying or tried
- to examine and determine the issues involved in (a cause) in a court of law
- to hear evidence in order to determine the guilt or innocence of (an accused)
- to sit as judge at the trial of (an issue or person)
noun plural tries
Word Origin for try
c.1300, "examine judiciously, sit in judgment of," from Anglo-French trier (late 13c.), from Old French trier "to pick out, cull" (12c.), from Gallo-Romance *triare, of unknown origin. The ground sense is "separate out (the good) by examination." Meaning "to test" is first recorded mid-14c.; that of "attempt to do" is from early 14c. Sense of "to subject to some strain" (of patience, endurance, etc.) is recorded from 1530s. Trying "distressing" is first attested 1718. To try (something) on for size in the figurative sense is recorded from 1956.
In addition to the idioms beginning with try
- try on
- try one's hand
- try one's patience
- try out
- old college try
Also see undertried.