try1 W1S1 [traı] v past tense and past participle tried present participle trying third person singular tries
4¦(try to find somebody/something)¦
7 try somebody's patience
8 try your hand at something
9 try your luck
10 try it on (with somebody)
Phrasal verbs
 try for something
 try something<=>on
 try something<=>out
 try out for something
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: trier 'to pick out, sift', probably from Late Latin tritare 'to rub to pieces', from Latin terere 'to rub']
1.) ¦(ATTEMPT)¦ [I and T]
to attempt to do or get something
Let's have a rest and then we'll try again.
try to do sth
He tried to control his voice.
She was trying not to cry.
try and do sth
Try and take some form of daily exercise.
try hard/desperately (to do sth)
(=make a lot of effort to do something)
She dabbed at her face and tried hard not to sniff.
I tried everything to lose weight with no success.
try your best/hardest (to do sth)
(=make as much effort as possible to do something)
I tried my best to comfort her.
I tried and tried (=kept making an effort) and eventually I was offered a job.
Try as he might (=as hard as he could) , he could not get the incident out of his mind.
it wasn't for lack/want of trying
(=used to say that if someone does not achieve something it is not because they have not tried)
They didn't get any goals, but it wasn't for the lack of trying.
you couldn't do sth if you tried
(=used to say that someone does not have the skill or ability to do something)
She couldn't speak French if she tried.
2.) ¦(TEST/USE)¦ [T]
to do or use something for a short while to discover if it is suitable, successful, enjoyable etc
It works really well - you should try it.
try doing sth
They decided they would try living in America for a while.
Try logging off and logging on again.
try sth new/different
(=do or use something that is different from what you usually do or use)
If I 'm going out for a meal, I prefer to try something different.
try sth on sb/sth
We tried the machine on hardwood and soft wood.
try sb on sth
Petra's trying the baby on solid foods.
try sth for size
(=put on a piece of clothing or test something to find out if it is the correct size or suitable)
Always try a sleeping bag for size before you buy it.
3.) ¦(FOOD/DRINK)¦ [T]
to taste food or drink to find out if you like it
= ↑taste
Would you like to try some crisps?
to go to a place or person, or call them, in order to find something or someone
Sorry, he's not in. Would you like to try again later?
Let's try Mouncy Street. He could be there.
5.) ¦(DOOR/WINDOW)¦ [T]
to attempt to open a door, window etc in order to see if it is locked
She tried the door and it opened.
He tried the handle but the door was locked.
6.) ¦(LAW)¦ [T usually passive]
to examine and judge a legal case, or someone who is thought to be guilty of a crime in a court
→↑trial be tried for sth
He was tried for attempting to murder his wife.
The defence argued that a regional court was not competent to try their case.
7.) try sb's patience
to make someone feel impatient
The programs take too long to load and try the patience of young pupils.
8.) try your hand at sth
to try a new activity in order to see whether it interests you or whether you are good at it
I tried my hand at water-skiing for the first time.
9.) try your luck
to try to achieve something or get something you want, usually by taking a risk
After the war my father went to Canada to try his luck at farming.
10.) try it on (with sb)
BrE spoken
a) to behave badly in order to find out how bad you can be before people become angry
She is naughty, that one. She tries it on with me sometimes!
b) to attempt to start a sexual relationship with someone
When I came back in, one of the men was trying it on with my wife!
try for [try for sth] phr v
to try and get something you really want, such as a job, a prize, or a chance to study somewhere
I decided I must try for some paid work.
We have been trying for a baby (=trying to have a baby) for nine years.
try on [try sth<=>on] phr v
to put on a piece of clothing to see if it fits you or if it suits you, especially in a shop
Meg was trying on some red sandals.
try out [try sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to test something such as a method or a piece of equipment to see if it is effective or works properly
She enjoys trying out new ways of doing things.
2.) to practise a skill in order to improve it
try something<=>out on
She enjoyed trying her French out on Jean-Pierre.
try out for [try out for sth] phr v
to try to be chosen as a member of a team, for a part in a play etc
= ↑audition for
In high school, I tried out for all the female leads.
try 2
try2 S3 plural tries
1.) an attempt to do something
She didn't manage to break the record, but it was a good try.
'You really think you can do that?' 'I'm going to have a try .'
'What are the chances for getting tickets now?' 'I guess I could give it a try .'
It might sound a ludicrous excuse but he thought it was worth a try .
on the first/second etc try
Only half the students passed the test on their first try.
2.) a test of something to see if it is suitable or successful or to find out if you like it
I decided to give modelling a try .
Wines from Apulia's ancient vineyards are well worth a try .
3.) four points won by putting the ball on the ground behind the opponents' ↑goal line in ↑rugby

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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