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try

verb  /trɑɪ/ us  

try verb (ATTEMPT)

[I/T] to make an effort to do something: [I] Try to open this jar for me. [I] You’ll have to try harder. [T] I’m trying my best. [I] Maybe you should try getting up earlier (= should wake earlier).

try verb (TEST)

[T] to test something to see if it is suitable or useful, or if it will work: Have you tried that new recipe yet? I want to try scuba diving. Try the back door (= see if it is open).

try verb (EXAMINE IN COURT)

[T] law to examine a person accused of committing a crime in a court of law to decide if the person is guilty: He was tried for fraud.

try

noun [C]  /trɑɪ/ us  

try noun [C] (ATTEMPT)

an effort to do something; an attempt: This will be her third try at an Olympic medal. I decided to give skiing a try.
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