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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
try on, try out
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tried, tries, trying
definition 1: to attempt through deliberate effort.
I'll try to have the car ready by this afternoon, but I can't guarantee it.He tried to answer all the questions on the test, but he didn't have enough time.I know you don't like these people, but please try to be nice.
assay, attempt, essay
similar words:
chance, have a whack at, risk, seek, tackle, take a fling at, take a stab at, undertake
definition 2: to sample, test, or taste the effectiveness or quality of.
Please try my apple pie.I tried everything to get the stain out, but nothing worked.Try getting new glasses; that may eliminate your headaches.I tried begging and pleading with him, but he wouldn't listen.You still have the hiccups? Have you tried holding your breath?
assay, essay, sample, taste, test
similar words:
analyze, appraise, assess, consider, evaluate, examine, experience, judge, partake of, play, prove
definition 3: to test by pushing to the limit.
The long wait tried his patience.
similar words:
drain, strain, test, trouble, wear
definition 4: to attempt to open (a window or door).
She tried the door, but it was locked.
similar words:
attempt, test
definition 5: in law, to put (a person) on trial.
He was tried for murder but was not convicted.
similar words:
adjudicate, hear, judge, prosecute, sentence
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make an effort.
Of course you're failing in that class; you're not even trying!
similar words:
aim, bother, endeavor, lean over backward, push, strive, struggle
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phrase: try on
phrase: try out
part of speech: noun
inflections: tries
definition: an attempt or effort.
It was a good try, but he did not succeed.
attempt, effort, trial
similar words:
bid, crack, endeavor, essay, go, push, whirl
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