What does TRY mean?

Definitions for TRY

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word TRY.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, tryverb

    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"

  2. try, seek, attempt, essay, assayverb

    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"

  3. test, prove, try, try out, examine, essayverb

    put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

    "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"

  4. judge, adjudicate, tryverb

    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"

  5. sample, try, try out, tasteverb

    take a sample of

    "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes"

  6. hear, tryverb

    examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process

    "The jury had heard all the evidence"; "The case will be tried in California"

  7. tryverb

    give pain or trouble to

    "I've been sorely tried by these students"

  8. try, strain, stressverb

    test the limits of

    "You are trying my patience!"

  9. try, renderverb

    melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities

    "try the yak butter"; "render fat in a casserole"

  10. try on, tryverb

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

    "Try on this sweater to see how it looks"


  1. trynoun

    An attempt.

    I gave unicycling a try but I couldn't do it.

  2. trynoun

    An act of tasting or sampling.

    I gave sushi a try but I didn't like it.

  3. trynoun

    A score in rugby, analogous to a touchdown in American football.

    Today I scored my first try.

  4. tryverb

    To attempt. Followed by infinitive.

  5. tryverb

    To separate (precious metal etc.) from the ore by melting; to purify, refine.

  6. tryverb

    To make an experiment. Usually followed by a present participle.

    I tried mixing more white paint to get a lighter shade.

  7. tryverb

    To work on something.

    You are trying too hard.

  8. tryverb

    To put to test.

  9. tryverb

    To taste, sample, etc.

    Try thisyou'll love it.

  10. tryverb

    To put on trial.

    He was tried and executed.

  11. tryverb

    To lie to in heavy weather under just sufficient sail to head into the wind.

  12. Etymology: From trien, from trier, trier, of uncertain origin. Believed to be a metathetic variation of tirer, of origin, from *, from tiranan, from derə-, see tear. Related to triar.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Tryverb

    Etymology: trier, French.

    Some among you have beheld me fighting,
    Come try upon yourselves what you have seen me. William Shakespeare.

    He cannot be a perfect man,
    Not being tried and tutor’d in the world. William Shakespeare.

    Doth not the ear try words, and the mouth taste meat? Job.

    Thou know’st only good; but evil hast not try’d. John Milton.

    Some to far Oaxis shall be sold,
    Or try the Libyan heat, or Scythian cold. Dryden.

    With me the rocks of Scylla you have try’d,
    Th’ inhuman Cyclops, and his den defy’d;
    What greater ills hereafter can you bear? Dryden.

    Nicanor hearing of their couragiousness to fight for their country, durst not try the matter by the sword. 2 Mac. xiv.

    I’ll try it out, and give no quarter. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    The fire sev’n times tried this;
    Sev’n times tried that judgment is,
    Which did never chuse amiss. William Shakespeare.

    The trying of your faith worketh patience. Jam. i. 3.

    They open to themselves at length the way
    Up hither under long obedience try’d. John Milton.

    Let us try advent’rous work. John Milton.

    After life
    Try’d in sharp tribulation and refin’d
    By faith and faithful works. John Milton.

  2. To Tryverb

    To endeavour; to attempt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tryverb

    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

  2. Tryverb

    to purify or refine, as metals; to melt out, and procure in a pure state, as oil, tallow, lard, etc

  3. Tryverb

    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

  4. Tryverb

    to subject to severe trial; to put to the test; to cause suffering or trouble to

  5. Tryverb

    to experiment with; to test by use; as, to try a remedy for disease; to try a horse

  6. Tryverb

    to strain; to subject to excessive tests; as, the light tries his eyes; repeated disappointments try one's patience

  7. Tryverb

    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

  8. Tryverb

    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

  9. Tryverb

    to experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience

  10. Tryverb

    to essay; to attempt; to endeavor

  11. Tryverb

    to exert strength; to endeavor; to make an effort or an attempt; as, you must try hard if you wish to learn

  12. Tryverb

    to do; to fare; as, how do you try!

  13. Trynoun

    a screen, or sieve, for grain

  14. Trynoun

    act of trying; attempt; experiment; trial

  15. Tryverb

    refined; select; excellent; choice


  1. Try

    A try is the major way of scoring points in rugby league and rugby union football. A try is scored by grounding the ball in the opposition's in-goal area. Rugby union and league differ slightly in defining 'grounding the ball' and the 'in-goal' area. The term try comes from try at goal, signifying that originally, grounding the ball only gave the opportunity to try to score with a kick at goal. A try is analogous to a touchdown in American and Canadian football, with the major difference being that a try requires the ball be simultaneously touching the ground in the in-goal area and an attacking player who is in the field of play or in-goal. In the laws of both forms of rugby, the term touch down formally refers only to grounding the ball by the defensive team in their in-goal. Although occasionally people refer to a try as a 'touchdown', the correct usage for the action is 'grounding the ball'.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Try

    trī, 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 (trīd).—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. Trī′er.—adjs. Try′able, Trī′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. tritareterĕre, tritum, to rub.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. try

    Try is, by a judicious balance of canvas, to keep a ship's bow to the sea, and, with as much as she can safely show, prevent her rolling to windward in the trough of a sea. Close-hauled under all sail, a vessel gains head-way within six points of the wind; but in trying she may come up to five and fall off to seven: so that a vessel does not hold her own. If the vessel be in proper trim, or properly stowed, she will naturally keep to the wind; but custom, and deficiency of seamanlike ability, have induced the lazy habit of lashing the helm a-lee.

Editors Contribution

  1. try

    Intend to achieve or do

    They did love to try new fun, loving and joyful things together.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020  

  2. try

    To make an effort.

    We do try to exercise in the morning and evening to ensure we have a healthy body, mind, spirit and soul.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 8, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. TRY

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TRY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Try is ranked #55386 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Try surname appeared 371 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Try.

    49% or 182 total occurrences were Asian.
    44.7% or 166 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.7% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TRY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #551

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TRY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #276

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TRY' in Nouns Frequency: #2108

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TRY' in Verbs Frequency: #37

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TRY in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TRY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of TRY in a Sentence

  1. Shay Johnson:

    So I said go try another one, that's when he came to try the SlingShot, and they told him he was too big for that. So he said, ‘Well, cousin, there’s another ride, I'm going to try that.

  2. Elijah Cummings:

    When you look at our position, that is being in the minority and looking like we will be there for a while, every opportunity we get, I think we have to at least try to bring our votes together to affect change, our power will be sticking together.

  3. Charlie Rowe:

    Show up, be present, try hard no matter what you do.

  4. Ralph Hise:

    So during this process, legislators did not use any racial data when drawing districts, and we're now being sued for not considering race, the only constant here is Democratic litigants selecting arguments, no matter how contradictory, to try to convince a court to order maps that favor Democratic candidates.

  5. Trea Turner:

    It's just how I slide, I guess, I try not to hit the ground too hard because it doesn’t feel good. I try and be as soft as I can be on slides.

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Translations for TRY

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  • drieAfrikaans
  • حاولArabic
  • старáцца, паспрабава́ць, спрабава́ць, пастара́ццаBelarusian
  • постаравам се, пробвам, опитвамBulgarian
  • চেষ্টা করাBengali
  • provar, jutjar, intentar, esforçar-se, tractar de, assaig, tastarCatalan, Valencian
  • zkusit, zkoušet, pokoušet se, pokusit seCzech
  • cais, profi, ceisioWelsh
  • afprøve, prøve, forsøge, testeDanish
  • versuchen, Versuch, probieren, Gericht, Prozess, kosten, AnlaufGerman
  • απόπειρα, δοκιμάζω, δικάζω, προσπαθώ, πειραματίζομαιGreek
  • provi, gustumi, testi, procesi, prilaboriEsperanto
  • try, juzgar, tratar, probar, ensayo, intentar, prueba, intentoSpanish
  • proovima, üritamaEstonian
  • آزمودن, چشیدن, کوشیدن, پژوهیدن, چشش, کوششPersian
  • kokeilu, maistelu, yrittää, syyttää, kokeilla, koettaa, maistaminenFinnish
  • essayer, tester, s'efforcer, tenter, traduire en justice, tentative, essai, tâcher, goûterFrench
  • tástáilIrish
  • feuch, feuchainnScottish Gaelic
  • השתדל, ניסהHebrew
  • कोशिश करनाHindi
  • próbálja megHungarian
  • փորձ, փորձել, փորձարկել, աշխատելArmenian
  • mencoba, mencobai, mencicipiIndonesian
  • esforcarIdo
  • tentare, assaggiare, cercare, meta, prova, tentativo, provareItalian
  • 試み, 挑戦する, 試みる, 裁判に掛ける, やってみる, 試す, 努める, トライJapanese
  • სინჯვა, ლელო, დაგემოვნება, ცდაGeorgian
  • هه‌وڵ, هه‌وڵ دان, تام کردن, تام, ئیش له‌سه‌رکردن, تاقی کردنKurdish
  • conor, experiorLatin
  • mēģinātLatvian
  • cubaan, cubaMalay
  • forsøkNorwegian
  • toetsen, proberen, proeven, uitproberen, berechten, pogen, trachtenDutch
  • forsøkNorwegian Nynorsk
  • stille for retten, forsøke, prøveNorwegian
  • próbować, starać się, próbaPolish
  • tentar, prova, teste, experimentar, testar, acionar, esforçar-se, autuar, processar, ensaio, tentativa, tryPortuguese
  • llaqwayQuechua
  • pruver, pruar, empruvar, provarRomansh
  • probă, testa, probare, încercare, tentativă, experimentare, strădui, încerca, se forța, gusta, judecaRomanian
  • пыта́ться, стара́ться, попро́бовать, про́бовать, про́ба, попыта́ться, постара́ться, испыта́ть, суди́ть, испы́тывать, попы́ткаRussian
  • pokušaj, pokušati, proba, probati, kušati, isprobatiSerbo-Croatian
  • pokúsiť sa, pokúšať saSlovak
  • prova, testa, försöka, chans, försökSwedish
  • ప్రయత్నించండిTelugu
  • ลอง, พยายามThai
  • teşebbüs etmek, denemekTurkish
  • стара́тися, про́бувати, намага́тисяUkrainian
  • cố gắngVietnamese
  • steifülönVolapük

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