tried

[ trahyd ]
/ traɪd /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of try.

adjective

tested and proved good, dependable, or trustworthy.
subjected to hardship, worry, trouble, or the like.

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tried

tired tried (see synonym study at tired1)

Definition for tried (2 of 2)

Origin of try

1250–1300; Middle English trien to try (a legal case) < Anglo-French trier, Old French: to sift, cull, of uncertain origin

SYNONYMS FOR try

1, 10 Try, attempt, endeavor, strive all mean to put forth an effort toward a specific end. Try is the most often used and most general term: to try to decipher a message; to try hard to succeed. Attempt, often interchangeable with try, sometimes suggests the possibility of failure and is often used in reference to more serious or important matters: to attempt to formulate a new theory of motion. Endeavor emphasizes serious and continued exertion of effort, sometimes aimed at dutiful or socially appropriate behavior: to endeavor to fulfill one's obligations. Strive, stresses persistent, vigorous, even strenuous effort, often in the face of obstacles: to strive to overcome a handicap.

usage note for try

10. Try followed by and instead of to has been in standard use since the 17th century: The Justice Department has decided to try and regulate jury-selection practices. The construction occurs only with the base form try, not with tries or tried or trying. Although some believe that try and is less formal than try to, both patterns occur in all types of speech and writing.

OTHER WORDS FROM try

pre·try, verb (used with object), pre·tried, pre·try·ing.re·try, verb, re·tried, re·try·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for tried (1 of 2)

tried
/ (traɪd) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of try

British Dictionary definitions for tried (2 of 2)

try
/ (traɪ) /

verb tries, trying or tried

noun plural tries

See also try on, try out

Word Origin for try

C13: from Old French trier to sort, sift, of uncertain origin

usage for try

The use of and instead of to after try is very common, but should be avoided in formal writing: we must try to prevent (not try and prevent) this happening
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Medical definitions for tried

Try

abbr.

tryptophan
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Idioms and Phrases with tried

try

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