Origin of trying
Synonyms for trying
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
Synonyms for try
Related Words for tryingtricky, troublesome, taxing, upsetting, arduous, demanding, strenuous, irritating, stressful, vexing, fatiguing, exacting, rough, annoying, exasperating, aggravating, exigent, hard, irksome, onerous
Examples from the Web for trying
Contemporary Examples of trying
Between 25 and 30, you’re trying to decide how much longer before you start growing a beard and calling yourself ‘Daddy.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic
January 9, 2015
Perhaps on his own nowadays, Epstein is trying his best to webmaster over a dozen URLs.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
Humans spent a long time domesticating cattle, and what they were trying to do, in essence, was de-domesticate them.‘Nazi Cows’ Tried to Kill British Farmer
January 6, 2015
Faal told the FBI that his group was trying “restore democracy to The Gambia and improve the lives of its people.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
He was trying, I think, to demonstrate balance and equivalence.Memo to Cops: Criticisms Aren’t Attacks
December 28, 2014
Historical Examples of trying
What a glorious double stroke it would be, after all their years of trying.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"Another tribe is trying to break into our land," he said to himself.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The gentlemen were smoking, and some of the ladies were trying to look at ease with cigarettes.
She was trying to extort a promise that she should appear in its pages, which, as we all remember, she did.
But I tell you, I am trying to find out what the matter is that you need my help in.
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.