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
Examples from the Web for try
Whatever the FBI says, the truthers will create alternative hypotheses that try to challenge the ‘official story.’
We try to avoid going away for too long, so we can check back in.
“You try to always scratch where the itch is,” Huckabee said about his campaigning and rhetoric in the 2008 primary.
Their first attempt to unseat the House speaker failed miserably, so why not try again?
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|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If they try ulterior operations on this side the River, he counter-tries; and that is all.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. IX. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
Longstreth spread wide his hands as if it was useless to try to convince this man.The Lone Star Ranger|Zane Grey
Virginia had often tempted me to try it on and see how well I'd look in a dress of that kind.Patchwork|Anna Balmer Myers
I expect to know very shortly; and the moment I know I will try to inform you, unless I am forbidden.The Mystery of the Sea|Bram Stoker
You are right; but you do not know the sorrow at my heart which I try not to shew outwardly.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for try
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
Word Origin and History 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.
Medicine definitions for try
Idioms and Phrases with try
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.