Definition Try

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a try: an attempt, an effort
Note: a try (singular), tries (plural)

to try: to attempt; to taste, to sample

to try on (clothes): to test out, to experiment with (clothes)
Can I try on this shirt to see if it looks good on me before I buy it?

Pronunciation examples
UK: He tried to impress me by trying on my clothes.
US: Nice try, but next time, try not to try so hard!


  • "My father once said, a dying British man will shoot you while you're trying to rob an airport."
  • "If you have any questions, I'll try to answer them. If there are any comments, I'd love to hear them. Who's first?"
  • "Trying to figure out if she is still single."
  • "Next week, don't be late - try to be on time."
  • "Vicar : I'm trying, Mr. Marron, I'm trying."
  • "They are trying to break me, Bruno, and I am afraid that despite my rugged, tough exterior, I may not last."
  • "Susie : I had the feeling that Bruno was trying to tell me something, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it."
  • "Let's try it again."
  • "Those clothes were on me for 15 days, so I'm glad someone else can enjoy them. So were you just having a swim or were you trying to get somewhere?"

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