Definition of try noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//traɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//traɪ//
    (pl. tries) Rugby
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  1. 1[usually singular] an act of trying to do something synonym attempt 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? (North American English) The US 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. (informal) ‘What's that behind you?’ ‘Nice try (= at making me turn round), but you'll have to do better than that!’
  2. 2(in rugby) an act of scoring points by touching the ground behind your opponents’ goal line with the ball to score a try See related entries: Rugby
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French trier ‘sift’, of unknown origin. Sense 1 of the noun dates from the early 17th cent.Extra examples He scored three tries against New Zealand. It looks difficult, but let’s give it a try. It may not work, but it’s certainly worth a try. Never mind—it was a good try. Better luck next time. She passed the test on the first try. She’s having another try at the marathon. an excellent try by winger Neil Lang her second try at a Broadway musical ‘What’s that behind you?’ ‘ Nice try , but you’ll have to do better than that!’ I don’t think I’ll be any good at tennis, but I’ll give it a try. I doubt they’ll be able to help, but it’s worth a try. Why don’t you have a try at convincing him?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: try