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Definition of "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)

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.

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.""