Definition for tried (2 of 2)
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.
Origin of try
Examples from the Web for tried
Have you tried to access the research that your tax dollars finance, almost all of which is kept behind a paywall?
In the meantime, Epstein has tried to use his charitable projects to float him back to the top.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They tried to continue their getaway but had to quickly abandon their vehicle on the Rue de Meaux in the 19th.
She claims the FBI tried to enlist her as a cooperating source in their investigation.
As he tried to make his way through a crowd of mourners late last month, he looked preoccupied and even disoriented.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq|IranWire|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I dreamt of writing books, and I tried it, after taking my degree, but I did not succeed.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume III (of 8)|Guy de Maupassant
I expected a blow for that, and tried to look as though I did not, being extremely anxious to return it with effect.Some Persons Unknown|E. W. Hornung
Her sisters laughed at her fears, and tried to reassure her by overturning the tree-trunk.The Myths of the North American Indians|Lewis Spence
She tried again now, bemused, and once more gave it up, although somehow this time she did feel a bit nearer success.The Trial of Callista Blake|Edgar Pangborn
Sledges were at first tried, but they had to be given up as useless.The Relief of Chitral|George John Younghusband
British Dictionary definitions for tried (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for tried (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
Word Origin and History for tried
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.
Medicine definitions for tried
Idioms and Phrases with tried
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.