v. tried, try•ing, v.t.
1. to attempt to do or accomplish: Try running a mile a day.
2. to test the effect or result of (often fol. by out): tried a new recipe.
3. to endeavor to evaluate by experiment or experience: to try a new field.
4. to sample, taste, or test, as in order to evaluate.
5. to examine and determine judicially, esp. to determine the guilt or innocence of (a person).
6. to put to a severe test; subject to strain, as of endurance: trying one’s patience.
7. to attempt to open (a door, window, etc.) in order to find out whether it is locked.
8. to melt down (fat, blubber, etc.) to obtain the oil; render (usu. fol. by out).
9. Archaic. to determine the truth or right of (a quarrel or question) by test or battle.
10. to make an attempt or effort; strive: You must try harder.
11. try on, to put on (an article of clothing) in order to judge its appearance and fit.
a. to test.
b. to compete for a position or role, as by taking part in a test or trial.
13. an attempt or effort.
14. a score of usu. four points in rugby earned by advancing the ball to or beyond the opponent’s goal line.
[1250–1300; Middle English trien to try (a legal case) < Anglo-French trier, Old French: to sift, cull]
usage.: The phrase try and is often used where try to is expected: Try and stop me. Though try and is found in all levels of speech and writing, it is sometimes considered inappropriate in formal contexts.
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