try Definition

  • 1to make an effort to do something
  • 2to test or use something to see if it works or is effective
  • 3to attempt to persuade someone to do something

Using try: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "try" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I will try to finish the project by Friday.

  • Example

    She tried the new recipe and it turned out great.

  • Example

    He tried to convince his boss to give him a raise.

  • Example

    I'm going to try out for the basketball team.

  • Example

    Let's try this approach and see if it works.

try Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using try

  • to attempt to do something, especially when unsure of the outcome


    I'm not sure if I can fix the car, but I'll give it a try.

  • done only to impress others, without any real effort or intention to succeed


    He pretended to study hard, but it was all for show; he didn't really care about his grades.

  • try someone's patience

    to annoy or irritate someone by testing their limits or endurance


    Her constant complaining was starting to try my patience.

Phrases with try

  • try one's hand at

    to attempt to do something that one has little or no experience with


    I decided to try my hand at painting, even though I've never done it before.

  • to put on a piece of clothing to see how it fits or looks


    She tried on several dresses before choosing the one she wanted.

  • try for size

    to test or evaluate something to see if it is suitable or appropriate


    We need to try this new software for size before we decide whether to buy it.

Origins of try

from Old French 'trier', meaning 'to pick, cull'


Summary: try in Brief

The verb 'try' [traษช] means to make an effort, test, or attempt to persuade. It can be used in various contexts, such as trying to finish a project, trying out for a team, or trying a new recipe. Phrases like 'try one's hand at' and 'try on' extend its usage, while idioms like 'give it a try' and 'try someone's patience' add nuance to its meaning.

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