Definition of


  1. (noun, act) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    wished him luck in his endeavor
    she gave it a good try
  2. (verb, body) put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice
  3. (verb, change) melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities
    render fat in a casserole
  4. (verb, consumption) take a sample of
    Sample the regional dishes
  5. (verb, emotion) test the limits of
  6. (verb, emotion) give pain or trouble to
  7. (verb, social) examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process
    The case will be tried in California
  8. (verb, social) put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of
    The judge tried both father and son in separate trials
  9. (verb, social) make an effort or attempt
    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
  10. (verb, social) put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
    Test this recipe

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Try

  1. c.1300, "examine judiciously, sit in judgment of," from Anglo-Fr. trier (late 13c.), from O.Fr. trier "to pick out, cull" (12c.), from Gallo-Romance *triare, of unknown origin. The ground sense is "separate out (the good) by examination." Meaning "to test" is first recorded mid-14c.; that of "attempt to do" is from early 14c. Sense of "to subject to some st… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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