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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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. melt (fat, lard, etc.) in order to separate out impurities; "try the yak butter"; "render fat in a casserole" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. take a sample of; "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice; "Try on this sweater to see how it looks" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. give pain or trouble to; "I've been sorely tried by these students" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. To purify or refine, as metals; to melt out, and procure in a pure state, as oil, tallow, lard, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To subject to severe trial; to put to the test; to cause suffering or trouble to. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To experiment with; to test by use; as, to try a remedy for disease; to try a horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To strain; to subject to excessive tests; as, the light tries his eyes; repeated disappointments try one's patience. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To essay; to attempt; to endeavor. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To exert strength; to endeavor; to make an effort or an attempt; as, you must try hard if you wish to learn. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To do; to fare; as, how do you try! Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A screen, or sieve, for grain. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Act of trying; attempt; experiment; trial. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Refined; select; excellent; choice. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. 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) Webster Dictionary DB
  27. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. To endeavor; to make an effort; to try an experiment. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. An attempt; an effort; a test. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  30. Tried. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. Trying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  32. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  33. To endeavor: to make an effort:-pa.t. and pa.p. tried. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  34. TRIER. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  35. To endeavor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  36. To test; examine carefully; investigate judicially; purify; attempt. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  37. To test; experiment with; put on trial. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. To undertake; attempt; endeavor. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  39. To strain; distress; afflict. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  40. To put forth effort; attempt; endeavor. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. A trial. To try on, to fit on an article of dress. To try out, to pursue efforts till a decision is obtained. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  42. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  43. To endeavour; to make an effort; to show. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  44. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  45. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  46. 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. dictgcide_fs
  47. 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). dictgcide_fs
  48. tr[=i], v.t. to put to the test or proof: to sift: to prove by experiment: to purify: to examine judiciously: to determine, settle: to examine carefully or experimentally: to experience: to attempt: to use as means: to put to severe trial, cause suffering to: to bring to a decision, to settle.--v.i. to endeavour: to make an effort: (Shak.) to prove by experience: (obs.) to keep a ship's bows to the sea during a gale:--pa.t. and pa.p. tried (tr[=i]d).--n. a trial: effort: in Rugby football, the score of three points gained by a player who succeeds in placing the ball with his hand over the enemy's line.--adj. TRIED, proved, experienced.--n. TR[=I]'ER.--adjs. TRY'ABLE, TR[=I]'ABLE, capable of being tried; TRYE (Spens.), proved excellent.--n. TRY'-HOUSE, a place in which oil is extracted from blubber, &c.--adj. TRY'ING, making trial or proof of: adapted to try: searching: severe.--TRY ON, to put on for trial, as a garment: to attempt; TRY BACK, to revert, hark back. [O. Fr. trier, to pick out, to cull (the grain from the straw), from an assumed L. tritare--ter[)e]re, tritum, to rub.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  49. Test (quality), test the qualities of (person, thing), by experiment, subject (person &c.) to suffering or hard treatment (as if) for this purpose (whence trying a., tryingly adv.), as t. (the effect of) soap& water, t. (buy) our ginger ale, did you ever t. quinine (as cure) for it?, (strength of) rope must be tried before it is used, each machine is tried before it leaves the shops, t. your hand (skill) at, this will t. his courage, patience has been sorely tried, should not t. your eyes with that small print; make experiment in order to find out, as t. how far you can throw, let us t. which takes longest, whether it will break; t. CONCLUSIONS, a FALL; investigate (case, issue) judicially, subject (person) to trial (for, on a charge of, crime); settle (question, disputed point) by examination or experiment; attempt to achieve or perform, as tried a jump& fell, better t. something easier; attempt, endeavour, (to do or abs.; colloq. often& do, seldom after neg. or quasi-neg. & never after past tense), as do t. to (or&) attend, must t. to (or&) get it finished to night, if at first you don\'t succeed t., t., t. again, no use trying to persuade him, don\'t t. to (rarely&) palliate it, have often tried to mend it; (also t. up) dress (roughly-planed board) with trying-plane to give fine surface; (also t. out) purify (metal, fat, oil) by melting or boiling; t. back, =HARK (intr.) back, lit. & fig.; t. for, aim at (a calmer tone &c.), apply or compete for (appointment &c.); t. on, put (clothes &c.) on to test fit, begin (it, one\'s games, tricks, &c., often with person) experimentally to see how much will be tolerated, as no use trying it on with me; trysail, fore-&-aft sail set with a gaff on foremast& mainmast; try (ing)-square, carpenter\'s square usu. with one wooden& one metal limb. (N.): (colloq.) attempt, as have (make) a t. at it, for it, to catch it; (Rugby foot b.) right to carry ball in front of goal& t. to kick goal. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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