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English noun: try

1. try (act) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

SamplesMade an effort to cover all the reading material.
Wished him luck in his endeavor.
She gave it a good try.

Synonymsattempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)batting, battle, best, bid, contribution, crack, essay, fling, foray, go, liberation, mug's game, nisus, offer, pains, part, pass, play, power play, run, seeking, share, shot, shot, squeeze, squeeze play, stab, strain, striving, struggle, takeover attempt, test, test, trial, trial, whirl, worst

English verb: try

1. try (social) make an effort or attempt

SamplesHe 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.

ExamplesThey try to move

Synonymsassay, attempt, essay, seek

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)adventure, chance, endeavor, endeavour, fight, gamble, give it a try, give it a try, give it a whirl, grope, have a go, hazard, lay on the line, pick up the gauntlet, put on the line, risk, risk, run a risk, strive, struggle, take a chance, take a dare, take chances

2. try (social) put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

SamplesThis approach has been tried with good results.
Test this recipe.

Synonymsessay, examine, prove, test, try out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)control, field-test, float, verify

3. try (social) put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of

SamplesThe football star was tried for the murder of his wife.
The judge tried both father and son in separate trials.

ExamplesThey want to try the prisoners

Synonymsadjudicate, judge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)decide, determine, make up one's mind

Narrower (hyponym)court-martial

4. try (consumption) take a sample of

SamplesTry these new crackers.
Sample the regional dishes.

ExamplesThey try more bread

Synonymssample, taste, try out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in

Narrower (hyponym)degust

5. try (social) examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process

SamplesThe jury had heard all the evidence.
The case will be tried in California.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)examine, probe

Narrower (hyponym)rehear, retry

6. try (emotion) give pain or trouble to

SamplesI've been sorely tried by these students.

ExamplesSam cannot try Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)anguish, hurt, pain

7. try (emotion) test the limits of

SamplesYou are trying my patience!.

Synonymsstrain, stress

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)afflict

Narrower (hyponym)rack

8. try (change) melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities

SamplesTry the yak butter.
Render fat in a casserole.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)melt, melt down, run

Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

9. try (body) put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice

SamplesTry on this sweater to see how it looks.

ExamplesThey try the cape

Synonymstry on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)assume, don, get into, put on, wear

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