tries, trying, tried
1) VERB If you try to do something, you want to do it, and you take action which you hope will help you to do it.

[V to-inf] He secretly tried to block her advancement in the Party...

[V to-inf] Try to make the effort to work your way through all of your tasks one at a time...

[V adv] Does it annoy you if others do things less well than you would, or don't seem to try hard enough?...

[V -ing] I tried calling him when I got here but he wasn't at home...

No matter how bad you feel, keep trying.

Try is also a noun.

It wasn't that she'd really expected to get any money out of him; it had just seemed worth a try... After a few tries Patrick had given up any attempt to reform his brother.

2) VERB To try and do something means to try to do it. [INFORMAL]

[V and inf] He has started a privatisation programme to try and win support from the business community...

[V and inf] I must try and see him.

3) VERB If you try for something, you make an effort to get it or achieve it.

[V for n] My partner and I have been trying for a baby for two years...

[V for n] He said he was going to try for first place next year.

4) VERB If you try something new or different, you use it, do it, or experience it in order to discover its qualities or effects.

[V n] It's best not to try a new recipe for the first time on such an important occasion...

[V n] I've tried everything from herbal cigarettes to chewing gum...

[V -ing] I have tried painting the young shoots with weed poisoner, but this does not kill them off.

N-COUNT: usu sing
Try is also a noun.

If you're still sceptical about exercising, we can only ask you to trust us and give it a try.

5) VERB If you try a particular place or person, you go to that place or person because you think that they may be able to provide you with what you want.

[V n] Have you tried the local music shops?

6) VERB If you try a door or window, you try to open it.

[V n] Bob tried the door. To his surprise it opened.

7) VERB When a person is tried, he or she has to appear in a law court and is found innocent or guilty after the judge and jury have heard the evidence. When a legal case is tried, it is considered in a court of law.

[be V-ed for n] He suggested that those responsible should be tried for crimes against humanity...

[be V-ed] Whether he is innocent or guilty is a decision that will be made when the case is tried in court...

[V n] The military court which tried him excluded two of his lawyers...

[V n] Why does it take 253 days to try a case of fraud?

8) N-COUNT In the game of rugby, a try is the action of scoring by putting the ball down behind the goal line of the opposing team.

The French, who led 21-3 at half time, scored eight tries.

9) See also , trying
10) PHRASE: with neg, it v-link PHR, PHR with cl If you say that something fails but not for want of trying or not for lack of trying, you mean that everything possible was done to make it succeed.

Not all is perfect, but it isn't for want of trying.

11) to try your bestsee best
to try your handsee hand
to try your lucksee luck
to try someone's patiencesee patience
Phrasal Verbs:

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