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try

verb uk   /traɪ/ us  

try verb (ATTEMPT)

A2 [I or T] to attempt to do something: Keep trying and you'll find a job eventually. If I don't get into the academy this year, I'll try again next year. I've tried really hard but I can't persuade him to come. I'm trying my best/hardest, but I just can't do it. [+ to infinitive] I tried to open the window. [+ -ing verb] Perhaps you should try getting up (= you should get up) earlier.

try verb (TEST)

B1 [T] to test something to see if it is suitable or useful or if it works: I tried that recipe you gave me last night. I'm afraid we don't sell newspapers - have you tried the shop on the corner? [+ -ing verb] Try using a different shampoo. I thought I might try parachuting. I've forgotten my door-keys - we'd better try the window (= test it to see if it is open). tried and tested/trusted (US tried and true) used by many people and proved to be effective: Most people would prefer to stick to tried and true methods of birth control.

try verb (LAW)

C2 [T] to examine a person accused of committing a crime in a law court by asking them questions and considering known facts, and then decide if they are guilty: Because of security implications the officers were tried in secret. They are being tried for murder.
See also

try verb (WORRY)

[T] to worry or annoy someone or upset a person's patience with many, often slight, difficulties: The demands of the job have tried him sorely. He's been trying my patience all morning with his constant questions. Her endless demands would try the patience of a saint (= are very annoying).

try

noun uk   /traɪ/ us  

try noun (ATTEMPT)

B2 [C usually singular] an attempt to do something: They might just have a place left on the course - why don't you give it/have a try? This will be her third try at jumping the bar. You could ask him if he's willing - it's worth a try.

try noun (SPORT)

[C] (in the game of rugby) the act of a player putting the ball on the ground behind the opposing team's goal line, which scores points for the player's team
(Definition of try from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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