from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Thoroughly tested and proved to be good or trustworthy.
  • adjective Made to undergo trials or distress. Often used in combination.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tested; proved; hence, firm; reliable.
  • Choice; excellent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • imp. & p. p. of try

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of try.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective tested and proved to be reliable
  • adjective tested and proved useful or correct


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