Try - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |traɪ|  American pronunciation of the word try
Brit.  |traɪ|  British pronunciation of the word try
- earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something (syn: attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour)
- make an effort or attempt (syn: assay, attempt, essay, seek)
- put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to (syn: essay, examine, prove, test)
- put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of (syn: adjudicate, judge)
- take a sample of (syn: sample, taste)
- examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process (syn: hear)
- give pain or trouble to
- test the limits of (syn: strain, stress)
- melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities (syn: render)
- put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice (syn: try on)

Examples

I don't know if I can do it, but I'll try.

Keep trying. You can do it.

You can do it if you try hard enough.

I tried, but I just couldn't do it.

I don't know where she is. Try calling her on her cell phone.

He tried a few things to remove the stain, but nothing worked.

Did you try restarting the computer?

If you want to lose weight, try exercising more.

Do try to come.

He was trying out for the varsity football team.

This malady tried me severely.

He succeeded to jump higher than his rival at the first try.

Let's have a rest and then we'll try again.

He tried to control his voice.

She was trying not to cry.

Phrasal verbs

try on  — put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: try
he/she/it: tries
present participle: trying
past tense: tried
past participle: tried
noun
singular: try
plural: tries
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