(past tense and past participle tried [traɪd] ) verb
1) [I/T] to attempt to do somethingOwen tried a shot at goal, but the ball went wide.[/ex]Just try your best. I'm sure you'll be fine.[/ex]We'll just have to try harder next time.[/ex]Just try to stay calm.[/ex]I will try and get the report to you today.[/ex]2) [T] to do something in order to find out whether it is enjoyable, suitable, or effectiveHave you tried these biscuits? They're great![/ex]Let's try something different with your hair this time.[/ex]You should try yoga if you're feeling stressed – you might like it.[/ex]She tried talking about it to Steve, but couldn't make him change his mind.[/ex]3) [I/T] to go to a particular place in order to find something, or to go to a particular person in order to get informationThere's a hardware shop down the street – you could try there.[/ex]Try Dina – she knows a lot about the law.[/ex]4) [T] to judge a person or case in a court of lawFranklin's case will be tried on 25th August.[/ex]He was tried for murder and found guilty.[/ex]•try your hand at sth — to do an activity for the first time in order to find out whether you like it, or whether you are good at it[/ex]- try sth on- try sth outIInoun [C]try [traɪ]an attempt to do somethingThere are no guarantees that it will work, but it's worth a try.[/ex]‘I can't lift it.' ‘Here, let me give it a try.'[/ex]I'll have a try – I'm pretty good at fixing things.[/ex]
Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.