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.
- 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
Related Words for triesshot, attack, work, seek, struggle, investigate, prove, hear, decide, essay, whirl, dab, fling, effort, bid, slap, pop, jab, trial, stab
Examples from the Web for tries
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 3, 2015
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
December 30, 2014
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
December 11, 2014
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
December 11, 2014
He tries to kiss her again, but, he writes, “she didn't comply.”School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
Historical Examples of tries
Listen to the voice that tries to win you back to innocence and truth!Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
She tries to deceive Caesar as to her wealth, and is shamed by her treasurer Seleucus.The Man Shakespeare
You're right, though,' says he, and with that he tries to put a twister on Diablo's nose.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
If he tries to charge you more nor that, because you're a stranger, take his number.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
A steel trap is real firm when it lays hold and tries to be.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 6.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
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.