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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 tries
Anyone who tries to draw attention to threats instead of quietly burying them is worsening the problem.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But Winning Marriage will be essential for the historian who, someday, tries to tell the full story.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, he gives his very best effort and tries to win the World Series with a single swing of his bat.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone|Nick Gillespie|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gutierrez tries unsuccessfully to insinuate that Jay was cheating on Stephanie, suggesting ulterior motives.The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession|Emily Shire|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He tries to kiss her again, but, he writes, “she didn't comply.”
What is there in me which broods upon his just and honorable life, and which he cannot drive away though he tries?Tales of the Chesapeake|George Alfred Townsend
Even a fish that tries to make a meal off red flannel won't smoke a cigarette.The Call of the Beaver Patrol|V. T. Sherman
Once he points out ahead and tries to shout something, I don't know what.The House of Torchy|Sewell Ford
And yet we do all we can; the Radical Association tries to stir them up.The Bishop's Apron|W. Somerset Maugham
Here is the flag-hung box, and he tries to see who is in it.Pipefuls|Christopher Morley
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.