- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to make an attempt or effort to do or get something I don't know if I can come but I'll try. try to do something What are you trying to do? I tried hard not to laugh. You haven’t even tried to find it. Don’t try to do it too quickly. try your best/hardest (to do something) She tried her best to solve the problem. Just try your hardest. In spoken English try can be used with and plus another verb, instead of with to and the infinitive:I'll try and get you a new one tomorrow.Try and finish quickly. In this structure, only the form try can be used, not tries, trying or tried. More Like This Verbs usually followed by infinitives afford, agree, appear, arrange, attempt, beg, choose, consent, decide, expect, fail, happen, hesitate, hope, intend, learn, manage, mean, neglect, offer, prepare, pretend, promise, refuse, swear, try, want, wishSee worksheet.
- 2 [transitive] to use, do or test something in order to see if it is good, suitable, etc. try something Have you tried this new coffee? It's very good. ‘Would you like to try some raw fish?’ ‘Why not? I'll try anything once!’ Have you ever tried windsurfing? Try these shoes for size—they should fit you. She tried the door, but it was locked. try doing something John isn't here. Try phoning his home number. Notice the difference between try to do something and try doing something:You should try to eat more fruit. means ‘You should make an effort to eat more fruit.’; ‘You should try eating more fruit.’ means ‘You should see if eating more fruit will help you’ (to feel better, for example).
- 3[transitive] to examine evidence in court and decide whether somebody is innocent or guilty try somebody (for something) He was tried for murder. try something The case was tried before a jury. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French trier
- 1to behave badly towards somebody or try to get something from them, even though you know this will make them angry Children often try it on with new teachers. See related entries: Anger
- 2to try to start a sexual relationship with somebody See related entries: Anger
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BrE BrE//traɪ//; NAmE NAmE//traɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they try
BrE BrE//traɪ//; NAmE NAmE//traɪ//he / she / it tries
BrE BrE//traɪz//; NAmE NAmE//traɪz//past simple tried
BrE BrE//traɪd//; NAmE NAmE//traɪd//past participle tried
BrE BrE//traɪd//; NAmE NAmE//traɪd//-ing form trying
BrE BrE//ˈtraɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtraɪɪŋ//