Meaning of “try sth on” in the English Dictionary

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"try sth on" in British English

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try sth on

phrasal verb with try uk /traɪ/ us /traɪ/ verb

A2 to put on a piece of clothing to discover if it fits you or if you like it:

Try on the shoes to see if they fit.
What a gorgeous dress - why don't you try it on for size (= to discover whether it fits)?

More examples

  • I tried on six pairs of trousers before I found a pair that fitted.
  • Why don't you try on my sunglasses?
  • I tried on a fur coat, but it was much too heavy.
  • She likes trying on her Mum's clothes.
  • Can I try on your coat?

(Definition of “try sth on” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)