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.
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Idioms for try
- 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
synonym study for try
usage note for try
OTHER WORDS FROM trypre·try, verb (used with object), pre·tried, pre·try·ing.re·try, verb, re·tried, re·try·ing.
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Example sentences from the Web for try
It was a nice try on Victory’s part, but touring riders tend to be a conservative bunch, many of whom still haven’t quite accepted the Vision’s aesthetic.
Below are a few tries from the right wing that highlight how broken the Rockets look when Harden wants to isolate against a defense that only feels like guarding three of his teammates.The Rockets’ New Starting Lineup Is Just Scratching The Surface Of Its Potential|Michael Pina|September 8, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
If you're into that sort of thing, this might be a good chance to give the relatively new game a try at less than full price.Pick up The Last of Us Part II for $10 off—or take $30 off a used copy|Ars Staff|September 3, 2020|Ars Technica
After a few tries, aided by the skills she’d picked up in the occasional coding class in college, she got the script to spit out a deepfake video.Memers are making deepfakes, and things are getting weird|Karen Hao|August 28, 2020|MIT Technology Review
So are uncontested corner 3-point tries, which have become more plentiful as teams scramble to stop penetrators at the last second.The Suns And Mavs Shouldn’t Have Surprised Us … But We Didn’t See T.J. Warren Coming|Chris Herring (email@example.com)|August 5, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
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
usage for try
Medical 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.