from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make an effort to do or accomplish (something); attempt: tried to ski.
- transitive v. To taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability: Try this casserole. Try the door.
- transitive v. Law To examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process.
- transitive v. Law To put (an accused person) on trial.
- transitive v. To subject to great strain or hardship; tax: The last steep ascent tried my every muscle.
- transitive v. To melt (lard, for example) to separate out impurities; render.
- transitive v. To smooth, fit, or align accurately.
- intransitive v. To make an effort; strive.
- n. An attempt; an effort.
- n. 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.
- try on To don (a garment) to test its fit.
- try on To test or use experimentally.
- try out To undergo a competitive qualifying test, as for a job or athletic team.
- try out To test or use experimentally.
- idiom try (one's) hand To attempt to do something for the first time: I tried my hand at skiing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To attempt. Followed by infinitive.
- v. To separate (precious metal etc.) from the ore by melting; to purify, refine.
- v. To make an experiment. Usually followed by a present participle.
- v. To work on something.
- v. To put to test.
- v. To taste, sample, etc.
- v. To put on trial.
- v. To lie to in heavy weather under just sufficient sail to head into the wind.
- n. An attempt.
- n. An act of tasting or sampling.
- n. A score in rugby, analogous to a touchdown in American football.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To divide or separate, as one sort from another; to winnow; to sift; to pick out; -- frequently followed by out.
- transitive v. To purify or refine, as metals; to melt out, and procure in a pure state, as oil, tallow, lard, etc.
- transitive v. To prove by experiment; to apply a test to, for the purpose of determining the quality; to examine; to prove; to test.
- transitive v. To subject to severe trial; to put to the test; to cause suffering or trouble to.
- transitive v. To experiment with; to test by use.
- transitive v. To strain; to subject to excessive tests; ; repeated disappointments try one's patience.
- transitive v. To examine or investigate judicially; to examine by witnesses or other judicial evidence and the principles of law.
- transitive v. To settle; to decide; to determine; specifically, to decide by an appeal to arms.
- transitive v. To experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience.
- transitive v. To essay; to attempt; to endeavor.
- intransitive v. To exert strength; to endeavor; to make an effort or an attempt.
- intransitive v. To do; to fare; !
- n. A screen, or sieve, for grain.
- n. Act of trying; attempt; experiment; trial.
- n. In Rugby and Northern Union football, a score (counting three points) made by grounding the ball on or behind the opponent's goal line; -- so called because it entitles the side making it to a place kick for a goal (counting two points more if successful).
- adj. Refined; select; excellent; choice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To separate, as what is good from what is bad; separate by sifting; sift.
- Hence— To select; cull; pick out.
- To ascertain by sifting or examination.
- To separate (metal) from the ore or dross by melting; refine; assay.
- To separate or reduce by boiling or steaming; render: generally with out: as, to try out lard or blubber.
- To put to the test or proof; subject to experimental treatment, comparison with a standard, or the like, in order to determine the truth, accuracy, power, strength, speed, fitness, or other quality of; test; prove: as, to try weights and measures; to try a new invention; to try conclusions; to try one's patience, or one's luck.
- To use, apply, or practise tentatively; experiment with: as, to try a new remedy; also, to experiment upon; treat tentatively.
- To endeavor experimentally to find out.
- To experience; have knowledge of by experience.
- To undertake; attempt; essay.
- To examine judicially; bring or set before a court with evidence or argument, or both, for a final judicial determination; submit to the examination and decision or sentence of a judicial tribunal: as, to try a case; to try a prisoner.
- To bring to a decision; determine; settle; hence, to decide by combat.
- To bear hardly upon; subject to trials or suffering; afflict: as, the family has been sorely tried.
- To strain: as, to try the eyes.
- To incite to wrong; tempt; solicit.
- To invite; escort.
- In joinery, to dress with a trying-plane. See trying-plane.
- To attempt; undertake.
- To exert strength; make an effort; endeavor; attempt: as, to try for a situation.
- To find or show what a person or a thing is; prove by experience; make or hold a trial.
- Nautical, to lie to in a gale under storm-sails so as to keep a ship's bow to the sea.
- In angling, to fish again over a pool or stream where the fish have refused to bite before, as with a different cast of flies, from another direction with regard to the wind or sun, etc.: also used transitively: as, to try back the water.
- Hence— To transude, or ooze out, as sweat: as, the perspiration is trying out of him.
- Synonyms To seek, essay, strive.
- n. The act of trying; a trial; experiment; effort.
- n. In foot-ball, in the Rugby game, the right to carry the ball in front of the goal and try to kick a goal. When goals are equal, the game is decided by the majority of tries.
- n. A sieve; riddle; screen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give pain or trouble to
- v. put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice
- v. make an effort or attempt
- v. test the limits of
- v. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
- n. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
- v. put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of
- v. melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities
- v. examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process
- v. take a sample of
Middle English trien, from Old French trier, to pick out, from Vulgar Latin *triāre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English trien ("to try a legal case"), from Anglo-Norman trier ("to try a case"), Old French trier ("to choose, pick out or separate from others, sift, cull"), of uncertain origin. Believed to be a metathetic variation of Old French tirer ("to pull out, snatch"), from Gothic *𐍄𐌹𐍂𐌰𐌽 (tiran, "to tear away, remove"), from Proto-Germanic *tiranan, *tirōnan (“to tear, tear apart”), from Proto-Indo-European *derə- (“to tear, tear apart”), see tear. Related to Occitan triar ("to pick out, choose from among others"). (Wiktionary)