What is the meaning of try?


  • Earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something.
    • usage: "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"


  • Make an effort or attempt.
    • usage: "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"
  • Put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to.
    • usage: "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"
  • Put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of.
    • usage: "The football star was tried for the murder of his wife"; "The judge tried both father and son in separate trials"
  • Take a sample of.
    • usage: "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes"
  • Examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process.
    • usage: "The jury had heard all the evidence"; "The case will be tried in California"
  • Give pain or trouble to.
    • usage: "I've been sorely tried by these students"
  • Test the limits of.
    • usage: "You are trying my patience"
  • Melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities.
    • usage: "try the yak butter"; "render fat in a casserole"
  • Put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice.
    • usage: "Try on this sweater to see how it looks"
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APAWordNet. (2010). try. Retrieved January 22, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/try/definitions/1317471
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "try" http://smartdefine.org/try/definitions/1317471 (accessed January 22, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, try, Smart Define, viewed 22 January, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/try/definitions/1317471>.
MLAWordNet. "try" 23 October 2010. Web. 22 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/try/definitions/1317471>
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