trying

[ trahy-ing ]
/ ˈtraɪ ɪŋ /

adjective

extremely annoying, difficult, or the like; straining one's patience and goodwill to the limit: a trying day; a trying experience.

Origin of trying

1570–80 for general sense; 1710–20 for current sense; try + -ing2

Related forms

try·ing·ly, adverbtry·ing·ness, nounun·try·ing, adjective

Definition for trying (2 of 2)

Origin of try

1250–1300; Middle English trien to try (a legal case) < Anglo-French trier, Old French: to sift, cull, of uncertain origin

SYNONYMS FOR try

1, 10 Try, attempt, endeavor, strive all mean to put forth an effort toward a specific end. Try is the most often used and most general term: to try to decipher a message; to try hard to succeed. Attempt, often interchangeable with try, sometimes suggests the possibility of failure and is often used in reference to more serious or important matters: to attempt to formulate a new theory of motion. Endeavor emphasizes serious and continued exertion of effort, sometimes aimed at dutiful or socially appropriate behavior: to endeavor to fulfill one's obligations. Strive, stresses persistent, vigorous, even strenuous effort, often in the face of obstacles: to strive to overcome a handicap.

Related forms

pre·try, verb (used with object), pre·tried, pre·try·ing.re·try, verb, re·tried, re·try·ing.

Usage note

10. Try followed by and instead of to has been in standard use since the 17th century: The Justice Department has decided to try and regulate jury-selection practices. The construction occurs only with the base form try, not with tries or tried or trying. Although some believe that try and is less formal than try to, both patterns occur in all types of speech and writing.
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British Dictionary definitions for trying (1 of 2)

trying

/ (ˈtraɪɪŋ) /

adjective

upsetting, difficult, or annoyinga trying day at the office

Derived Forms

tryingly, adverbtryingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for trying (2 of 2)

try

/ (traɪ) /

verb tries, trying or tried

noun plural tries

See also try on, try out

Word Origin for try

C13: from Old French trier to sort, sift, of uncertain origin

usage

The use of and instead of to after try is very common, but should be avoided in formal writing: we must try to prevent (not try and prevent) this happening
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Medicine definitions for trying

Try


abbr.

tryptophan
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Idioms and Phrases with trying

try


In addition to the idioms beginning with try

  • try on
  • try one's hand
  • try one's patience
  • try out

also see:

  • old college try

Also see undertried.

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