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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.


Synonymshear


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.


Synonymsrender


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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