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v. tried, try•ing, v.t.
- beseech - First meant "search for, try to obtain."
- emulate - Means "try to equal or surpass, especially by copying."
- experience, experiment, expert - Experience, experiment and expert derive from Latin experiri, "try."
- quorum - First the genitive plural of Latin qui, "who," it originally referred to the "number of justices who need be present to try a case."
Both these words can be verbs or nouns. The other forms of try are tries, trying, tried.
If you try to do something, you make an effort to do it.
You can also try and do something. There is no difference in meaning, but try and do is used in conversation and less formal writing. In formal English, use try to do.
You can only use and after the base form of try that is, when you are using it as an imperative or infinitive, or after a modal. You cannot say, for example, 'I was trying and help her' or 'I was trying and helping her'.
If you try doing something, you do it in order to find out how useful, effective, or enjoyable it is.
If you attempt to do something, you try to do it. Attempt is a more formal word than try.
You don't say 'The crowd attempted and break through or 'The crowd attempted breaking through'.
When someone tries to do something, you can refer to what they do as a try or an attempt. Try is normally used only in conversation and less formal writing. In formal English, you usually talk about an attempt.
You say that someone has a try at something or gives something a try.
You say that someone makes an attempt to do something.
Past participle: tried
|Noun||1.||try - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"|
batting - (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base
best - the supreme effort one can make; "they did their best"
worst - the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of; "it was the worst he had ever done on a test"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
bid, play - an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention"
fling, go, offer, whirl, crack, pass - a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
essay - a tentative attempt
foray - an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence); "scientists' forays into politics"
contribution, share, part - the part played by a person in bringing about a result; "I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project"; "they all did their share of the work"
liberation - the attempt to achieve equal rights or status; "she worked for women's liberation"
mug's game - a futile or unprofitable endeavor
power play, squeeze play, squeeze - an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power; "she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away"
seeking - an attempt to acquire or gain something
stab, shot - informal words for any attempt or effort; "he gave it his best shot"; "he took a stab at forecasting"
shot - an attempt to score in a game
struggle, battle - an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"
takeover attempt - an attempt to take control of a corporation
trial, run, test - the act of testing something; "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
|Verb||1.||try - make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"|
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
struggle, fight - make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath"
have a go, give it a try - make an attempt at something; "I never sat on a horse before but I'll give it a go"
grope - search blindly or uncertainly; "His mind groped to make the connection"
endeavor, endeavour, strive - attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy"
adventure, gamble, run a risk, take a chance, take chances, risk, chance, hazard - take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
lay on the line, put on the line, risk - expose to a chance of loss or damage; "We risked losing a lot of money in this venture"; "Why risk your life?"; "She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong"
|2.||try - put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"|
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
verify, control - check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard; "Are you controlling for the temperature?"
float - circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"
field-test - test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used; "The Army field tested the new tanks"
|3.||try - put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of; "The football star was tried for the murder of his wife"; "The judge tried both father and son in separate trials"|
decide, make up one's mind, determine - reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
court-martial - subject to trial by court-martial
|4.||try - take a sample of; "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes"|
ingest, consume, have, take in, take - serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"
degust - taste with relish; "degust this wonderful soup"
|5.||try - examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process; "The jury had heard all the evidence"; "The case will be tried in California"|
|6.||try - give pain or trouble to; "I've been sorely tried by these students"|
|7.||try - test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!"|
afflict - cause great unhappiness for; distress; "she was afflicted by the death of her parents"
rack - stretch to the limits; "rack one's brains"
|8.||try - melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities; "try the yak butter"; "render fat in a casserole"|
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
|9.||try - put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice; "Try on this sweater to see how it looks"|
after several tries they gave up → tras varios intentos or varias tentativas, se dieron por vencidos
it was a good try - better luck next time → no lo conseguiste pero no estuvo mal - otra vez será
nice try Dave, but I know you're lying → no cuela, Dave, sé que estás mintiendo
to give sth a try → intentar (hacer) algo
she's out at the moment - give her a try in half an hour → en este momento ha salido, pero llámela dentro de media hora
let me have a try → déjame intentarlo
they're going to have another try at the summit when the weather improves → van a volver a intentar llegar a la cumbre cuando el tiempo mejore
it's worth a try → vale or merece la pena intentarlo
to give sth a try [+ product, food, experience] → probar algo
you'll never know what snake is like if you don't give it a try → nunca sabrás a qué sabe la serpiente si no la pruebas
to give sb a try → darle una oportunidad a algn, poner a algn a prueba
we'll give her a try for a week → le daremos una semana de prueba
these new burgers are worth a try → vale or merece la pena probar estas nuevas hamburguesas
you've only tried three questions → sólo has intentado hacer tres preguntas
to try to do sth → intentar hacer algo, tratar de hacer algo
he was shot while trying to escape → lo dispararon mientras intentaba escapar or trataba de escapar
I tried not to think about it → intenté no pensar en ello, traté de no pensar en ello
try not to cough → procura no toser, procura contener la tos
he was trying his best not to laugh → estaba haciendo todo lo posible por no reírse
it's trying to rain → tiene ganas como de llover
have you tried these olives? → ¿has probado estas aceitunas?
to try doing sth → probar a hacer algo
have you tried soaking the curtains in vinegar? → ¿has probado a poner las cortinas en remojo con vinagre?
try turning the key → da vuelta a la llave y a ver qué pasa, prueba a or intenta darle la vuelta a la llave
you try bringing up four children on your own! → ¡prueba tú a criar cuatro niños solo!
I'll try anything once → siempre estoy dispuesto a probarlo todo, al menos una vez
we've tried everything but the car still won't start → lo hemos intentado or probado todo, pero el coche todavía no arranca
see also hand A10
see also size 1
he tried the phone but the line was dead → intentó usar el teléfono pero no había línea
he tried the door - to his surprise it opened → intentó abrir la puerta - para su sorpresa se abrió
have you tried the local music shops? → ¿lo has buscado en las tiendas de música del barrio?
why not try him for the job? → ¿por qué no ponerle a prueba en el puesto?
he was tried and found wanting → fue sometido a prueba y resultó ser deficiente
it would try the patience of a saint → pondría a prueba la paciencia de un santo
to try one's luck → probar suerte
to try sth on sb → probar algo con algn
they haven't tried the drug on humans yet → todavía no han probado la droga con personas
I tried the idea on a couple of people → le comenté la idea a un par de personas
they have been sorely tried (liter) → han sufrido mucho
these things are sent to try us → estas cosas nos las manda el Señor para ponernos a prueba
you're not trying! → ¡no estás poniendo todo tu empeño!
try again! → ¡vuelve a intentarlo!
try as I might I couldn't persuade her → por más que intenté persuadirla no lo conseguí
I couldn't have done that (even) if I'd tried → no podría haber hecho eso ni (siquiera) queriendo
you could do it if you tried → podrías hacerlo si lo intentaras
(just) you try! → ¡hazlo y verás!, ¡atrévete (y verás)!
to try and do sth → intentar hacer algo, tratar de hacer algo
I ought to try and get some sleep → debería tratar de or intentar dormir un rato
to try one's (very) best, try one's (very) hardest → poner todo su empeño, hacer todo lo posible
it is not for lack or want of trying → no será porque no se ha intentado
see also succeed A1
he's going to try for a place at university → va tratar de or va intentar conseguir una plaza en la universidad
they're trying for a baby → van a por un bebé
take no notice, he's just trying it on → no le hagas caso, sólo está intentando quedarse contigo
don't try anything on with me! → ¡no intentes quedarte conmigo!
try it out on yourself first → pruébelo con usted mismo primero
After a few tries, he gave up → Après plusieurs tentatives, il a laissé tomber.
it's worth a try → ça vaut la peine d'essayer
to have a try → essayer
to give sth a try → essayer qch
to try to do sth → essayer de faire qch
I tried to persuade him to stay → J'ai essayé de le convaincre de rester.
to try one's best, to try one's hardest → faire de son mieux
Have you tried snowboarding? → As-tu essayé le snowboard?
to try doing sth → essayer de faire qch
Have you tried the local music shops? → Est-ce que tu as essayé les disquaires du coin?
to try hard → faire des efforts
You're not trying hard enough → Tu ne fais pas suffisamment d'efforts.
to try again → retenter, réessayer
to give sth a try → provare qc
why don't you give the exam a try? → perché non provi a fare l'esame?
to have a try (at doing sth) → provare (a fare qc)
it's worth a try → vale la pena di tentare
to try one's (very) best or one's (very) hardest → mettercela tutta
why not try him for the job? → perché non gli fai fare una prova?
try pressing that switch → prova a schiacciare quell'interruttore
to try one's hand at sth (fig) → cimentarsi in qc