a trial or test to ascertain fitness for some purpose.
Theater. performances of a play in preparation for an official opening, often taking place away from a major theatrical center.
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How to use tryout in a sentence
Meanwhile, two people who accompanied their clown friends to the tryouts are fast asleep in their folding chairs.The Most Depressing Show on Earth: Amongst the Clowns of Newark | Lizzie Crocker | March 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He took Hannah to gymnastics practice and Ethan to football tryouts, wrote the paper.Hannah Anderson Captor a ‘Trusted Friend,’ Cat Lover | Christine Pelisek | August 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Come over after supper and tell me about the tryouts,” said Helen.Helen in the Editor's Chair | Ruthe S. Wheeler
“I will,” promised Margaret as she turned to the classroom where the tryouts were to be held.Helen in the Editor's Chair | Ruthe S. Wheeler
Miss Williams called for tryouts for minor rôles first and Helen sent an anxious glance toward Janet and nodded toward the hall.Janet Hardy in Hollywood | Ruthe S. Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for try out
(tr) to test or put to experimental use: I'm going to try the new car out
(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
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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