[c]/traɪ / (say truy)

verb (tried, trying)
verb (t)
1. to attempt to do or accomplish: it seems easy until you try it.
2. to test the effect or result of: to try a new method.
3. to endeavour to ascertain by experiment: to try one's luck.
4. to test the quality, value, fitness, accuracy, etc, of: to try a new brand of soap powder.
5. to attempt to open (a door, window, etc.) in order to find out whether it is locked.
6. Law to examine and determine judicially, as a cause; determine judicially the guilt or innocence of.
7. to put to a severe test; strain the endurance, patience, etc., of; subject to grievous experiences, affliction, or trouble.
8. Also, try out. to melt (fat, etc.) to obtain the oil; render.
9. Also, try out. Rare to ascertain the truth or right of (a matter, etc.) by test.
10. Obsolete to show or prove by test or experience.
verb (i)
11. to make an attempt or effort: try harder next time.
noun (plural tries)
12. an attempt, endeavour, or effort: to have a try at something.
13. Rugby Football
a. the act of a player applying downward pressure on the ball, causing the ball to touch the ground in the opponents' in-goal area.
b. a score of four points in Rugby League, five in Rugby Union, earned for this.
14. keep on trying, to maintain one's efforts to do or achieve something despite all setbacks.
15. try another, Colloquial (an expression of contemptuous disbelief.)
16. try for, to make an attempt to achieve or gain: to try for the captaincy.
17. try it on, Colloquial to attempt to hoodwink or test the patience of, especially impudently. {Phrase Origin: from London thieves' slang, c. 1810}
18. try on, to put on (clothes, etc.) to see if they fit.
19. try out,
a. to test; experiment with.
b. to compete (for a position, etc.).
20. try out for, to undergo a test or trial in order to qualify for.
{Middle English tryen, from Old French trier pick, cull}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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