1 try /ˈtraɪ/ verb
tries; tried; trying
1 try
tries; tried; trying
Learner's definition of TRY
: to make an effort to do something : to attempt to accomplish or complete something
[no object]
[+ object]
often followed by to + verb
often followed by and + verb
Synonyms see: [1]attempt
[+ object] : to do or use (something) in order to see if it works or will be successful
often + out
[+ object]
: to do or use (something) in order to find out if you like it
often + out
: to taste (food or drink) to find out what it is like
[+ object] : to test how good, strong, etc., something or someone is
[+ object]
: to examine and make a decision about (a legal case) usually used as (be) tried
: to have a trial to decide if someone is innocent or guilty usually used as (be) tried for

try for

[phrasal verb]
try for (something)
: to make an attempt or effort to get (something)

try it on

British, informal
: to behave badly so that someone becomes annoyed or angry often + with
: to try to start a sexual relationship with someone often + with

try on

[phrasal verb]
try on (something) or try (something) on
: to put on (a piece of clothing, a pair of shoes, etc.) in order to see how it fits and looks

try out

[phrasal verb] chiefly US
: to compete for a position on an athletic team or a part in a play often + for see also 1try 2, 3 (above), tryout

try your damnedest

see 2damnedest

try your hand

see 1hand

try your luck

see 1luck
2 try /ˈtraɪ/ noun
plural tries
2 try
plural tries
Learner's definition of TRY
: an effort or attempt to do something usually singular
rugby : a play in which points are scored by touching the ground with the ball behind the opponent's goal line