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1. attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

Example Sentences:
'made an effort to cover all the reading material'
'wished him luck in his endeavor'
'she gave it a good try'


2. assay, attempt, essay, seek, try

make an effort or attempt

Example Sentences:
'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. essay, examine, prove, test, try, try out

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

Example Sentences:
'This approach has been tried with good results'
'Test this recipe'

4. adjudicate, judge, try

put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of

Example Sentences:
'The football star was tried for the murder of his wife'
'The judge tried both father and son in separate trials'

5. sample, taste, try, try out

take a sample of

Example Sentences:
'Try these new crackers'
'Sample the regional dishes'

6. hear, try

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

Example Sentences:
'The jury had heard all the evidence'
'The case will be tried in California'

7. try

give pain or trouble to

Example Sentences:
'I've been sorely tried by these students'

8. strain, stress, try

test the limits of

Example Sentences:
'You are trying my patience!'

9. render, try

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

Example Sentences:
'try the yak butter'
'render fat in a casserole'

10. try, try on

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

Example Sentences:
'Try on this sweater to see how it looks'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verbWord forms: tries, trying or tried
1. (when tr, may take an infinitive, sometimes with to replaced by and)
to make an effort or attempt
he tried to climb a cliff
2. (transitive; often foll by out)
to sample, test, or give experimental use to (something) in order to determine its quality, worth, etc
try her cheese flan
3. (transitive)
to put strain or stress on
he tries my patience
4. (tr; often passive)
to give pain, affliction, or vexation to: I have been sorely tried by those children
to examine and determine the issues involved in (a cause) in a court of law
to hear evidence in order to determine the guilt or innocence of (an accused)
to sit as judge at the trial of (an issue or person)
6. (transitive)
to melt (fat, lard, etc) in order to separate out impurities
7. (transitive; usually foll by out) obsolete
to extract (a material) from an ore, mixture, etc, usually by heat; refine
nounWord forms: plural tries
an experiment or trial
an attempt or effort
10. rugby
the act of an attacking player touching the ball down behind the opposing team's goal line, scoring five or, in Rugby League, four points
11. Also called: try for a point American football
an attempt made after a touchdown to score an extra point by kicking a goal or, for two extra points, by running the ball or completing a pass across the opponents' goal line

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verb transitiveWord forms: tried or ˈtrying
1.  Obsolete
to separate; set apart
to melt or render (fat, etc.) to get (the oil)
to extract or refine (metal, etc.) by heating
usually with out
3.  Rare
to settle (a matter, quarrel, etc.) by a test or contest; fight out
to examine and decide (a case) in a law court
to determine legally the guilt or innocence of (a person)
to preside as judge at the trial of (a case or person)
to put to the proof; test
to subject to trials, annoyance, etc.; afflict
Job was sorely tried
to subject to a severe test or strain
rigors that try one's stamina
to test the operation or effect of; experiment with; make a trial of
to try a new recipe
to attempt to find out or determine by experiment or effort
to try one's fortune in another city
to make an effort at; attempt; endeavor
followed by an infinitive [try to remember] or, informally, by and used in place of to as the sign of the infinitive [try and remember]
to attempt to open (a door or window) in testing to see whether it is locked
12.  Obsolete
to find to be so by test or experience; prove
verb intransitive
to make an effort, attempt, or endeavor
to make an experiment
nounWord forms: plural tries
the act or an instance of trying; attempt; effort; trial
16.  Rugby
a scoring play in which the ball is grounded on or behind the opponent's goal line

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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v. tried(trīd), try·ing, tries(trīz)
v. tr.
1. To make an effort to do or accomplish (something); attempt: tried to ski.
a. To taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability: Try this casserole.
b. To make an effort to open (a closed door or window).
3. Law
a. To conduct the trial of (a legal claim): to try a negligence case.
b. To put (an accused person) on trial.
4. To subject to great strain or hardship; tax: The last steep ascent tried my every muscle.
5. To melt (lard, for example) to separate out impurities; render.
v. intr.
To make an effort; strive: I know it's not easy, but keep trying!
n. pl. tries(trīz)
1. An attempt; an effort.
2. Sports In rugby, an act of advancing the ball past the opponent's goal line and grounding it there for a score of three points.

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