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
Synonyms for try
Related Words for triedtested, proved, approved, staunch, used, secure, certified, constant, dependable, faithful, steadfast, tried-and-true, true-blue, trustworthy, trusty
Examples from the Web for tried
Contemporary Examples of tried
Have you tried to access the research that your tax dollars finance, almost all of which is kept behind a paywall?Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
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
January 8, 2015
They tried to continue their getaway but had to quickly abandon their vehicle on the Rue de Meaux in the 19th.Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects
Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey
January 7, 2015
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
January 6, 2015
Historical Examples of tried
If this be the test, I am willing to be tried with Hipparete at the court of the Muses.
I have more than once tried to deceive you, but you will feel that I am not now speaking falsely.
He tried to recall some forgotten detail of the business that might serve to occupy him.
As a last rally, he tried to picture the difficulties he might encounter.
Garmer tried to steer me off this line of stocks the other night.
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.