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Definition of "try" [try]

  • To make an effort to do or accomplish (something); attempt: tried to ski. (verb-transitive)
  • To taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability: Try this casserole. Try the door. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To put (an accused person) on trial. (verb-transitive)
  • To subject to great strain or hardship; tax: The last steep ascent tried my every muscle. (verb-transitive)
  • To make an effort or attempt (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To sample, test, or give experimental use to (something) in order to determine its quality, worth, etc (verb)
  • To put strain or stress on (verb)
  • To give pain, affliction, or vexation to: I have been sorely tried by those children (verb)
  • To examine and determine the issues involved in (a cause) in a court of law (verb)
  • To hear evidence in order to determine the guilt or innocence of (an accused) (verb)
  • To sit as judge at the trial of (an issue or person) (verb)
  • To melt (fat, lard, etc) in order to separate out impurities (verb)
  • To extract (a material) from an ore, mixture, etc, usually by heat; refine (verb)
  • An experiment or trial (noun)
  • An attempt or effort (noun)
  • The act of an attacking player touching the ball down behind the opposing team's goal line, scoring five or, in Rugby League, four points (noun)
  • An attempt made after a touchdown to score an extra point by kicking a goal or, for two extra points, by running the ball or completing a pass across the opponents' goal line (noun)

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Use "try" in a sentence
  • "The topic has come up a lot and the people I talk to tend to argue for the \'not enough time\ 'conundrum and I try to get them to just \'try it\' for a while."
  • "But I try - *try* - to extend the person a good long silken rope before I hang them."
  • ""She's been there two weeks, and I haven't seen them try -- really _try_ -- to communicate with her.""