[traɪ] (past tense and past participle tried [traɪd] ) verb I
1) [I/T] to attempt to do something
Owen 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 effective
Have 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 information
There'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 law
Franklin'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 out
noun [C]
try [traɪ]
an attempt to do something
There 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]

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