[ trahy-out ]
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  1. a trial or test to ascertain fitness for some purpose.

  2. Theater. performances of a play in preparation for an official opening, often taking place away from a major theatrical center.

Origin of tryout

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; noun use of verb phrase try out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use tryout in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for try out

try out

  1. (tr) to test or put to experimental use: I'm going to try the new car out

  2. (when intr, usually foll by for) US and Canadian (of an athlete, actor, etc) to undergo a test or to submit (an athlete, actor, etc) to a test to determine suitability for a place in a team, an acting role, etc

  1. mainly US and Canadian a trial or test, as of an athlete or actor

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Other Idioms and Phrases with tryout


Undergo a qualifying test, as for an athletic team. For example, I'm trying out for the basketball team. [Mid-1900s]

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