Definitions of try

  1. put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of; " The football star was tried for the murder of his wife"; " The judge tried both father and son in separate trials"
  2. make an effort or attempt; " He tried to shake off his fears"; " The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; " The police attempted to stop the thief"; " He sought to improve himself"; " She always seeks to do good in the world"
  3. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; " made an effort to cover all the reading material"; " wished him luck in his endeavor"; " she gave it a good try"
  4. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; " This approach has been tried with good results"; " Test this recipe"
  5. examine or hear ( evidence or a case) by judicial process; " The jury had heard all the evidence"; " The case will be tried in California"
  6. melt ( fat, lard, etc.) in order to separate out impurities; " try the yak butter"; " render fat in a casserole"
  7. test the limits of; " You are trying my patience!"
  8. put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice; " Try on this sweater to see how it looks"
  9. give pain or trouble to; " I've been sorely tried by these students"
  10. To purify or refine, as metals; to melt out, and procure in a pure state, as oil, tallow, lard, etc.
  11. To prove by experiment; to apply a test to, for the purpose of determining the quality; to examine; to prove; to test; as, to try weights or measures by a standard; to try a man's opinions.
  12. To subject to severe trial; to put to the test; to cause suffering or trouble to.
  13. To experiment with; to test by use; as, to try a remedy for disease; to try a horse.
  14. To strain; to subject to excessive tests; as, the light tries his eyes; repeated disappointments try one's patience.
  15. To examine or investigate judicially; to examine by witnesses or other judicial evidence and the principles of law; as, to try a cause, or a criminal.
  16. To settle; to decide; to determine; specifically, to decide by an appeal to arms; as, to try rival claims by a duel; to try conclusions.
  17. To experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience.
  18. To essay; to attempt; to endeavor.
  19. To exert strength; to endeavor; to make an effort or an attempt; as, you must try hard if you wish to learn.
  20. A screen, or sieve, for grain.
  21. Act of trying; attempt; experiment; trial.
  22. Refined; select; excellent; choice.
  23. To divide or separate, as one sort from another; to winnow; to sift; to pick out; - frequently followed by out; as, to try out the wild corn from the good.
  24. In Rugby and Northern Union football, a score ( counting three points) made by grounding the ball on or behind the opponent's goal line; - so called because it entitles the side making it to a place kick for a goal ( counting two points more if successful)
  25. To prove by experiment; test; as, prove; make a test of; purify or refine, as metals; melt out, as fat; put through a trial or test; examine judicially; subject to strain; as, the light tries the eyes; subject to trouble or affliction; as, a sadly tried people; decide, as by argument, contest, etc.; attempt to do; use as an experiment.
  26. To endeavor; to make an effort; to try an experiment.
  27. An attempt; an effort; a test.
  28. Tried.
  29. Trying.
  30. To test: to sift: to prove by experiment: to purify: to examine judicially: to examine carefully: to experience: to attmept: to use as means: to put to severe trial, cause suffering to.
  31. To endeavor: to make an effort:- pa. t. and pa. p. tried.
  32. TRIER.
  33. To endeavor.
  34. To test; examine carefully; investigate judicially; purify; attempt.
  35. To test; experiment with; put on trial.
  36. To undertake; attempt; endeavor.
  37. To strain; distress; afflict.
  38. To put forth effort; attempt; endeavor.
  39. A trial. To try on, to fit on an article of dress. To try out, to pursue efforts till a decision is obtained.
  40. To examine; to prove by experiment; to experience; to prove by or act upon as a test; to examine judicially by witnesses and the principles of law; to attempt; to purify; to refine; to use as means; to strain.
  41. To endeavour; to make an effort; to show.
  42. To attempt; to endeavour; to make or use exertion in order to perform; to make experiment on; to prove by experiment; to examine; to bring before a tribunal or into a court of law; to examine judicially by witnesses; to purify or refine.

Usage examples for try

  1. I don't see why we should not have a try. – The Rajah of Dah by George Manville Fenn
  2. " Let me have a try," he said. – Corporal Cameron by Ralph Connor
  3. I don't wish to try. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  4. I don't think I can say it, but I'll try. – The Firing Line by Robert W. Chambers