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Definition of Try


  1. In Rugby and Northern Union football, a score (counting three points) made by grounding the ball on or behind the opponent's goal line; -- so called because it entitles the side making it to a place kick for a goal (counting two points more if successful).
  2. To divide or separate, as one sort from another; to winnow; to sift; to pick out; -- frequently followed by out; as, to try out the wild corn from the good.
  3. To purify or refine, as metals; to melt out, and procure in a pure state, as oil, tallow, lard, etc.
  4. To prove by experiment; to apply a test to, for the purpose of determining the quality; to examine; to prove; to test; as, to try weights or measures by a standard; to try a man's opinions.
  5. To subject to severe trial; to put to the test; to cause suffering or trouble to.
  6. To experiment with; to test by use; as, to try a remedy for disease; to try a horse.
  7. To strain; to subject to excessive tests; as, the light tries his eyes; repeated disappointments try one's patience.
  8. To examine or investigate judicially; to examine by witnesses or other judicial evidence and the principles of law; as, to try a cause, or a criminal.
  9. To settle; to decide; to determine; specifically, to decide by an appeal to arms; as, to try rival claims by a duel; to try conclusions.
  10. To experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience.
  11. To essay; to attempt; to endeavor.
  12. To exert strength; to endeavor; to make an effort or an attempt; as, you must try hard if you wish to learn.
  13. To do; to fare; as, how do you try!
  14. A screen, or sieve, for grain.
  15. Act of trying; attempt; experiment; trial.
  16. Refined; select; excellent; choice.
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Try Translations

try in Afrikaans is probeer, aanpak
try in Dutch is streven, zich inspannen, pogen
try in Finnish is koettaa
try in French is peiner, essayent, essayer, essayez, essayons
try in Italian is esperimentare, provare
try in Latin is tendo, judico, conor
try in Portuguese is provar, tentativa
try in Spanish is intentar, catar, catar