Educalingo cookies are used to personalize ads and get web traffic statistics. We also share information about the use of the site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners.
Got it
Search
I want to try out for Playmate actually. I talked to one of the photographers about doing test shots.
Trishelle Cannatella

Meaning of "try" in the English dictionary

Dictionary
DICTIONARY
section

ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD TRY

From Old French trier to sort, sift, of uncertain origin.
info
Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
facebooktwitterpinterestwhatsapp
section

PRONUNCIATION OF TRY

try  [traɪ] play
facebooktwitterpinterestwhatsapp

GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF TRY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Try is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb try in English.

WHAT DOES TRY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

try

Try

A try is a way of scoring points in rugby union and rugby league football. A try is scored by grounding the ball in the opposition's in-goal area. Rugby union and league differ slightly in defining 'grounding the ball' and the 'in-goal' area. The term try comes from try at goal, signifying that originally, grounding the ball only gave the opportunity to try to score with a kick at goal. A try is analogous to a touchdown in American and Canadian football, with the major difference being that a try requires the ball be simultaneously touching the ground in the in-goal area and an attacking player who is in the field of play or in-goal. In the laws of both codes of rugby, the term touch down formally refers only to grounding the ball by the defensive team in their in-goal. Although occasionally people refer to a try as a 'touchdown', the correct usage for the action is 'grounding the ball'.

Definition of try in the English dictionary

The first definition of try in the dictionary is when tr, may take an infinitive, sometimes with to replaced by and to make an effort or attempt. Other definition of try is often foll by out to sample, test, or give experimental use to in order to determine its quality, worth, etc. Try is also to put strain or stress on.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO TRY

PRESENT

Present
I try
you try
he/she/it tries
we try
you try
they try
Present continuous
I am trying
you are trying
he/she/it is trying
we are trying
you are trying
they are trying
Present perfect
I have tried
you have tried
he/she/it has tried
we have tried
you have tried
they have tried
Present perfect continuous
I have been trying
you have been trying
he/she/it has been trying
we have been trying
you have been trying
they have been trying
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I tried
you tried
he/she/it tried
we tried
you tried
they tried
Past continuous
I was trying
you were trying
he/she/it was trying
we were trying
you were trying
they were trying
Past perfect
I had tried
you had tried
he/she/it had tried
we had tried
you had tried
they had tried
Past perfect continuous
I had been trying
you had been trying
he/she/it had been trying
we had been trying
you had been trying
they had been trying
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will try
you will try
he/she/it will try
we will try
you will try
they will try
Future continuous
I will be trying
you will be trying
he/she/it will be trying
we will be trying
you will be trying
they will be trying
Future perfect
I will have tried
you will have tried
he/she/it will have tried
we will have tried
you will have tried
they will have tried
Future perfect continuous
I will have been trying
you will have been trying
he/she/it will have been trying
we will have been trying
you will have been trying
they will have been trying
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would try
you would try
he/she/it would try
we would try
you would try
they would try
Conditional continuous
I would be trying
you would be trying
he/she/it would be trying
we would be trying
you would be trying
they would be trying
Conditional perfect
I would have try
you would have try
he/she/it would have try
we would have try
you would have try
they would have try
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been trying
you would have been trying
he/she/it would have been trying
we would have been trying
you would have been trying
they would have been trying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you try
we let´s try
you try
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to try
Past participle
tried
Present Participle
trying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH TRY


awry
əˈraɪ
braai
braɪ
cry
kraɪ
dry
draɪ
fry
fraɪ
Madurai
ˈmædjʊˌraɪ
medium-dry
ˌmiːdɪəmˈdraɪ
outcry
ˈaʊtˌkraɪ
pry
praɪ
pylori
paɪˈlɔːraɪ
rai
raɪ
retry
riːˈtraɪ
rye
raɪ
samurai
ˈsæmʊˌraɪ
serai
sɛˈraɪ
sori
ˈsɔːraɪ
spry
spraɪ
stir-fry
ˈstɜːˈfraɪ
tori
ˈtɔːraɪ
wry
raɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TRY

truthy
try for a point
try it on
try line
try on
try one´s hand
try one´s luck
try out
try plane
try square
try-on
trye
trying
trying plane
tryingly
tryingness
tryke
tryma
trymata
tryout

WORDS THAT END LIKE TRY

a far cry
angry
anniversary
battery
blackberry
carry
category
celery
century
cherry
contemporary
country
delivery
diary
dictionary
directory
discovery
elementary
entry
every

Synonyms and antonyms of try in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «TRY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «try» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of try

Translation of «try» into 25 languages

TRANSLATOR
online translator

TRANSLATION OF TRY

Find out the translation of try to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of try from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «try» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

尝试
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

tentativa
570 millions of speakers

English

try
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कोशिश
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

تـَجْرِبَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

попытка
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

tentativa
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

চেষ্টা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

essai
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Cuba
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Versuch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

努力
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

노력
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Coba
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sự thử
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

முயற்சி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

प्रयत्न
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

denemek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

prova
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

próba
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

спроба
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

încercare
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

προσπάθεια
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

probeer
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

försök
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

forsøk
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of try

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «TRY»

The term «try» is very widely used and occupies the 412 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
0
100%
FREQUENCY
Very widely used
98
/100
The map shown above gives the frequency of use of the term «try» in the different countries.
Principal search tendencies and common uses of try
List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «try».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TRY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «try» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «try» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about try

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «TRY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word try.
1
Lauren Ambrose
Yeah, I've always sung, and I always try to find a way for music to be in my life.
2
Bernard Baruch
Don't try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can't be done except by liars.
3
Bo Bice
I try to be a better dad and husband than I do pretend rock star.
4
Barry Bonds
I never stop looking for things to try and make myself better.
5
Trishelle Cannatella
I want to try out for Playmate actually. I talked to one of the photographers about doing test shots.
6
Nick Cannon
I always try to be optimistic, but not to the point where I'm getting on people's nerves.
7
James Daly
You've just got to focus on excellence and try not to be distracted by the news and the rumors and the absurdities of the stories that were coming out.
8
Neil Finn
I try to put myself into unusual and difficult situations as often as I can in order to capture the element of struggle in the music.
9
Rickie Fowler
Some of my fans don't really like it when I respond to people who say things that are trying to be hurtful on social media. But I think it's kind of funny. There's a lot of things that make me laugh, that people would try and say those things. I mean, there's some that I can't even retweet or respond to just because of how bad it is.
10
Gary Frank
I think it's a mistake to try to pin down one particular reason for a person's personality. Don't we all, for many reasons, act differently in different circumstances and with different people?

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TRY»

Discover the use of try in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to try and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die
The book decodes the marketing hype and gets straight to the point; whether from India, America, Sweden, Ireland, Japan or the hills, glens and islands of Scotland, here are the 101 whiskies that you really want.
Ian Buxton, 2011
2
The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try
This self-study guide for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam from the Project Management Institute contains everything project managers need to pass the PMP Exam, including 44 processes, and 592 inputs, tools, and ...
Andy Crowe, 2005
3
52 Series: Things to Try Once in Your Life
From learning a foreign language to writing a letter to the president and spending an indulgent day in bed, this revised and updated deck features ideas big, small and fun, that are perfect adds to anyone's to-do list.
Lynn Gordon, 2011
4
Nothin' But Try: The Shane Drury Story
The book speaks of how Shane's faith and courage impacted the lives of others, many who had never met him. "Nothin' But Try" is more than just the story of a young man who was taken from this earth way too soon.
Tall Paul, 2008
5
Try-It Diet - Sugar-Free: A two-week healthy eating plan
Think again. With Try-It Diet: Sugar-Free, you’ll get a taste for the nutritional plan without having to give up great tasting food like Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast, Roasted Citrus Pork Tenderloin, and New York-Style Cheesecake.
Adams Media, 2011
6
Try
TRY is a delight and Burana deserves a gold belt buckle for taking us along for the ride."--Meghan Daum, author of THE QUALITY OF LIFE "Burana has the storyteller's gift.
Lily Burana, 2007
7
Try-It Diet: Diabetes Diet: A two-week healthy eating plan
Think again. With Try-It Diet: Diabetes Diet, you’ll get a taste for the nutritional plan without having to give up great tasting food like Fresh Tomato Basil Soup, Chicken and Asparagus in White Wine Sauce, and Cranberry Pecan Biscotti.
Editors of Adams Media, 2011
8
Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity
Trying Not To Try is mind-expanding and deeply pleasurable, the perfect antidote to our striving modern culture. From the Hardcover edition.
Edward Slingerland, 2014
9
Try Giving Yourself Away
This is a heart-warming book describing the experience of David Dunn, the author, as he discovered the magic of 'giving yourself away'.
David Dunn, 2013
10
To Try Her Fortune in London: Australian Women, Colonialism, ...
This title considers white colonials as part of the colonial presence at the heart of the empire.
Angela Woollacott, 2001

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «TRY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term try is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Koch Brothers Brave Spotlight to Try to Alter Their Image
Once known for grim letters to fellow wealthy Americans warning of socialist apocalypse, Charles G. Koch now promotes research on the link between freedom ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
2
3500 migrants try to enter Channel Tunnel to go from France to UK
(CNN) In just the past two days, 3,500 migrants have tried to cross the Channel Tunnel between France and the United Kingdom -- a dangerous breach that has ... «CNN, Jul 15»
3
Medicare to Try a Blend of Hospice Care and Treatment
Most older Americans close to death have to make a difficult choice: continue with traditional medical treatment or switch to hospice care, which focuses not on a ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
4
"Try" Lets You Try On Clothes Before Buying Them Online
Chrome: Shopping for clothes online is convenient, but one drawback is you're not sure how the item will look until you buy it and it's delivered. Try.com is a free ... «Lifehacker, Jul 15»
5
Auto Makers Try to Stop the Gear Heads
Do you own the car you've bought and paid for? Not really, not all of it. At least that's what auto makers are asserting to the U.S. Copyright Office. Tinkerers ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
6
Iron Ore Got You Down? Try Nuclear Waste
YALGOO, Australia—Hit by tumbling iron-ore prices and searching for a new strategy, one mining company deep in the Australian outback is pushing aside the ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
7
Italian Grandmothers Try Olive Garden For First And Last Time
In a new viral video, BuzzFeed asked Italian grandmas to try Olive Garden for the first time. For the most part, they're predictably underwhelmed -- and hilarious. «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
8
With Students Away, Colleges Try a New Course
School's out for summer, but some colleges are throwing their doors wide open. Eager for additional funds to supplement stagnant tuition revenue amid weak ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
9
Don't Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder
The theory of evolution by natural selection is among the best established in science, yet also among the most controversial for subsets of the American public. «NPR, Jun 15»
10
Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker
This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips ... «NPR, Jun 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Try [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/try>. Jul 2020 ».
en
English dictionary
Discover all that is hidden in the words on
index
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z