1an effort to accomplish something; an attempt:he got his membership card on his third try
an act of trying something new or different to see if it is suitable, effective, or pleasant:she agreed that they should give the idea a try
2 Rugby an act of touching the ball down behind the opposing goal line, scoring points and entitling the scoring side to a kick at goal.
American Football an attempt to score an extra point after a touchdown.
1 [no object] make an attempt or effort to do something: [with infinitive]:he tried to regain his breathI started to try and untangle the mysteryI decided to try writing fiction [with object]:three times he tried the manoeuvre and three times he failed
[with object] (also try something out) use, test, or do (something new or different) in order to see if it is suitable, effective, or pleasant:everyone wanted to know if I’d tried jellied eelthese methods are tried and tested
(try for) attempt to achieve or attain:they decided to try for another baby
(try out for) North American compete or audition for (a post or place on a team):she tried out for the team
[with object] attempt to contact:I’ve tried the apartment, but the number is engaged
[with object] push or pull (a door or window) to determine whether it is locked:I tried the doors, but they were locked
[with object] make severe demands on (a person or a quality, typically patience):Mary tried everyone’s patience to the limit
2 [with object] subject (someone) to trial:he was arrested and tried for the murder
investigate and decide (a case or issue) in a formal trial:the case is to be tried by a jury in the Crown Court
3 [with object] smooth (roughly planed wood) with a plane to give an accurately flat surface.
4 [with object] extract (oil or fat) by heating:some of the fat may be tried out and used
I (or he etc.) will try anything once
used to indicate willingness to do or experience something new:Rosie was willing to try anything once
assess whether something is suitable:he was trying the role for size
try for white
South African (under the apartheid system) attempt to pass oneself off as a white person by assimilating oneself into a white community:he tried for white but was rejected and took on an African identity
try one's hand at
attempt to do (something) for the first time, typically in order to find out if one is good at it:a chance to try your hand at the ancient art of drystone walling
try it on
attempt to deceive or seduce someone:he was trying it on with my wife
deliberately test someone’s patience to see how much one can get away with.