How to use
'to pick out, sift'
, probably from
'to rub to pieces'
past tense and past participle
, present participle
, third person singular
intransitive and transitive
to attempt to do or get something
Let's have a rest and then we'll try again.
try to do something
He tried to control his voice.
She was trying not to cry.
try and do something
Try and take some form of daily exercise.
try hard/desperately (to do something)
make a lot of effort to do something
She dabbed at her face and tried hard not to sniff.
to lose weight with no success.
try your best/hardest (to do something)
make as much effort as possible to do something
I tried my best to comfort her.
tried and tried
kept making an effort
and eventually I was offered a job.
as hard as he could
, he could not get the incident out of his mind.
it wasn't for lack/want of trying
used to say that if someone does not achieve something it is not because they have not tried
They didn't get any goals, but it wasn't for the lack of trying.
you couldn't do something if you tried
used to say that someone does not have the skill or ability to do something
She couldn't speak French if she tried.
to do or use something for a short while to discover if it is suitable, successful, enjoyable etc
It works really well - you should try it.
try doing something
They decided they would try living in America for a while.
Try logging off and logging on again.
try something new/different
do or use something that is different from what you usually do or use
If I 'm going out for a meal, I prefer to try something different.
try something on somebody/something
We tried the machine on hardwood and soft wood.
try somebody on something
Petra's trying the baby on solid foods.
try something for size
put on a piece of clothing or test something to find out if it is the correct size or suitable
Always try a sleeping bag for size before you buy it.
to taste food or drink to find out if you like it
Would you like to try some crisps?
try to find somebody/something
intransitive and transitive
to go to a place or person, or call them, in order to find something or someone
Sorry, he's not in. Would you like to try again later?
Let's try Mouncy Street. He could be there.
to attempt to open a door, window etc in order to see if it is locked
She tried the door and it opened.
but the door was locked.
transitive usually passive
to examine and judge a legal case, or someone who is thought to be guilty of a crime in a court
be tried for something
He was tried for attempting to murder his wife.
The defence argued that a regional court was not competent to try their case.
try somebody's patience
to make someone feel impatient
The programs take too long to load and try the patience of young pupils.
try your hand at something
to try a new activity in order to see whether it interests you or whether you are good at it
I tried my hand at water-skiing for the first time.
try your luck
to try to achieve something or get something you want, usually by taking a risk
After the war my father went to Canada to try his luck at farming.
try it on (with somebody)
to behave badly in order to find out how bad you can be before people become angry
She is naughty, that one. She tries it on with me sometimes!
to attempt to start a sexual relationship with someone
When I came back in, one of the men was trying it on with my wife!
try for something
to try and get something you really want, such as a job, a prize, or a chance to study somewhere
I decided I must try for some paid work.
We have been
trying for a baby
trying to have a baby
for nine years.
try something ↔
to put on a piece of clothing to see if it fits you or if it suits you, especially in a shop
Meg was trying on some red sandals.
try something ↔
to test something such as a method or a piece of equipment to see if it is effective or works properly
She enjoys trying out new ways of doing things.
to practise a skill in order to improve it
try something ↔ out on
She enjoyed trying her French out on Jean-Pierre.
try out for something
to try to be chosen as a member of a team, for a part in a play etc
In high school, I tried out for all the female leads.
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