What does try mean?

Definitions for try

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word try.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try(verb)

    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, assay(verb)

    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, essay(verb)

    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, try(verb)

    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, taste(verb)

    take a sample of

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

  6. hear, try(verb)

    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. try(verb)

    give pain or trouble to

    "I've been sorely tried by these students"

  8. try, strain, stress(verb)

    test the limits of

    "You are trying my patience!"

  9. try, render(verb)

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

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

  10. try on, try(verb)

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

    "Try on this sweater to see how it looks"


  1. try(Noun)

    An attempt.

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

  2. try(Noun)

    An act of tasting or sampling.

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

  3. try(Noun)

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

    Today I scored my first try.

  4. try(Verb)

    To attempt. Followed by infinitive.

  5. try(Verb)

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

  6. try(Verb)

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

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

  7. try(Verb)

    To work on something.

    You are trying too hard.

  8. try(Verb)

    To put to test.

  9. try(Verb)

    To taste, sample, etc.

    Try thisu2014you'll love it.

  10. try(Verb)

    To put on trial.

    He was tried and executed.

  11. try(Verb)

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

  12. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Try(verb)

    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. Try(verb)

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

  3. Try(verb)

    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. Try(verb)

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

  5. Try(verb)

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

  6. Try(verb)

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

  7. Try(verb)

    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. Try(verb)

    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. Try(verb)

    to experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience

  10. Try(verb)

    to essay; to attempt; to endeavor

  11. Try(verb)

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

  12. Try(verb)

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

  13. Try(noun)

    a screen, or sieve, for grain

  14. Try(noun)

    act of trying; attempt; experiment; trial

  15. Try(verb)

    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.]

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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

How to pronounce try ?

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How to say try in sign language?

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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. Marc Fucarile:

    We are going to try.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Try not to hurt him.

  3. Bob Slaughter:

    Nice try, thank you.

  4. Patrick Register:

    I try and we’ll see.

  5. Drew Barrymore:

    It was fun to try though.

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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
  • 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
  • ลอง, พยายามThai
  • teşebbüs etmek, denemekTurkish
  • стара́тися, про́бувати, намага́тисяUkrainian
  • cố gắngVietnamese
  • steifülönVolapük

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