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 tryshot, attack, work, seek, struggle, investigate, prove, hear, decide, essay, whirl, dab, fling, effort, bid, slap, pop, jab, trial, stab
Examples from the Web for try
Contemporary Examples of try
Whatever the FBI says, the truthers will create alternative hypotheses that try to challenge the ‘official story.’Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?
January 8, 2015
We try to avoid going away for too long, so we can check back in.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
“You try to always scratch where the itch is,” Huckabee said about his campaigning and rhetoric in the 2008 primary.Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee
January 6, 2015
Their first attempt to unseat the House speaker failed miserably, so why not try again?The YOLO Caucus' New Cry for Attention
January 4, 2015
On his eighth try, more than three decades after he went in, the parole board finally voted to release Sam.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Historical Examples of try
My dear, don't fail to try them, they're exquisitely perfect!
At any rate, I won't be coward enough to try to hide it from her.Brave and Bold
"Better not try to describe her—while I'm by, you know," said Mrs. Drelmer, sympathetically.
But do try to believe, at the same time, that my own selfishness has been a kindness to you.
The past slid from him so easily, he forgot even to try to forget.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
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.