- I UK [traɪ] / US
Word forms "try":
present tense I/you/we/they try he/she/it tries present participle trying past tense tried UK [traɪd] / US past participle tried
1)a) [intransitive/transitive] to attempt to do something
I know she's not very helpful, but she does try.try to do something:
Don't try any of your tricks with me!try and do something:
Just try to stay calm.try doing something:
I will try and get the report to you today.try your best/hardest (to do something):
She tried talking about it to Steve, but he wouldn't listen.try hard:
Just try your best. I'm sure you'll be fine.try hard/desperately to do something:
We'll just have to try harder next time.try and try (= keep trying):
He was trying desperately not to laugh.
Jamie tried and tried and eventually he got a job.b) [transitive] to attempt to open something such as a door or window, especially in order to see whether it is locked
I'm sure someone tried the door.2)a) [transitive] to do something in order to find out what happens, or to find out whether something is good, suitable, effective etctry doing something:
He tried seven different colours before finding the right one.
I want to try playing tennis this spring.try something on someone:
Try adding cornflour to thicken the sauce a bit.try something for size (= put on a piece of clothing in order to see whether it fits):
The drug isn't ready to be tried on humans yet.try something new/different (with something):
Try this pair for size – they look about right.try anything once:
Let's try something different with your hair this time.
"Would you like to go skydiving?" "I'll try anything once."b) if you try a food or drink, you taste it in order to find out whether you like it
Have you tried these scones?3)a) [transitive] to go to a particular place hoping to find someone or something
I tried the library for his new book.b) to attempt to talk to someone because they might be able to help you or to give you information
You could try Monica – she knows a lot about gardening.4) [transitive, usually passive] to judge a person or case in a court of lawtry someone for something:
Franklin's case will be tried on 25th August.
He was tried for murder and found guilty.•
it is not for want/lack of trying— used for saying that someone is trying very hard to do something even though they might fail
If we lose this match, it won't be for want of trying.- try for- try on- try outSee:luck I
II UK [traɪ] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "try":
singular try plural tries
1) an attempt to do somethingfirst/second etc try (= at the first/second etc attempt):
It was a good try, but it missed the goal.be worth a try:
Charlie passed his driving test on his first try.give something a try:
There are no guarantees it will work, but it's worth a try.have a try:
"I can't lift it." "Here, let me give it a try."
I'll have a try – I'm pretty good at fixing things.2) if a rugby player scores a try, they touch the ground behind the goal line with the ball and score points•
nice/good try— spoken used for saying that someone has not been successful in doing something, especially in persuading you or in tricking you
Good try, but do you really think I would believe that?
English dictionary. 2014.