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try

try

 
pronunciation:
traI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
try on, try out
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.
synonyms:
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?
synonyms:
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.
synonyms:
tax
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
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.
synonyms:
attempt, effort, trial
similar words:
bid, crack, endeavor, essay, go, push, whirl