Meaning of “try” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /traɪ/
Extra Examples
I never manage to lose any weight, no matter how hard I try.You should try to develop interests beyond the family.I tried to phone her last night, but she was out.We tried to dissuade him from leaving.Let's try to forget about work and have a good time.

A2 to attempt to do something:

[ + to do sth ] I tried to open the window but couldn't.
Try not to drop anything this time.
TEST [ T ]

B1 to do, test, taste, etc something to discover if it works or if you like it:

I tried that recipe you gave me last night.
He tried the door, but the handle was broken.
[ + doing sth ] Why don't you try using a different shampoo?
LAW [ T ]

to examine facts in a court of law to decide if someone is guilty of a crime:

(Definition of “try verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)