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Definition of try noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. tries) [usually singular]
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  1. 1an act of trying to do something synonym attempt
  2. 2 I doubt they'll be able to help but it's worth a try (= worth asking them). try (at something/at doing something) Why don't you have a try at convincing him? The U.S. negotiators decided to make another try at reaching a settlement. I don't think I'll be any good at tennis, but I'll give it a try.
  3. 3(informal) “What's that behind you?” “Nice try (= at making me turn around), but you'll have to do better than that!”
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