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.
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Idioms for try
- 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
usage note for try
OTHER WORDS FROM trypre·try, verb (used with object), pre·tried, pre·try·ing.re·try, verb, re·tried, re·try·ing.
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Example sentences from the Web for retry
"The intervening loss of witnesses and evidence will likely make it impossible to retry," Scalia noted.
Now, her defense team has assembled a sharp appeal that could retry the case from top to bottom.
Martin has promised to retry the case, at a cost of further millions of dollars.
The Board of Trade will not retry the question of what is the right minimum rate.Liberalism and the Social Problem|Winston Spencer Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for retry (1 of 2)
verb -tries, -trying or -tried
British Dictionary definitions for retry (2 of 2)
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
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Medical definitions for retry
Idioms and Phrases with retry
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.