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verb try pronunciation in American English /traɪ/
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to attempt to do something
    Don’t try any of your tricks with me!
    I know she’s not very helpful, but she does try.
    try to do something: Just try to stay calm.
    try and do something: I will try and get the report to you today.
    try doing something: She tried talking about it to Steve, but he wouldn’t listen.
    try your best/hardest (to do something): Just try your hardest. I’m sure you’ll be fine.
    try and try (=keep trying): Jamie tried and tried and eventually he got a job.
    try hard: We’ll just have to try harder next time.
    try hard/desperately to do something: He was trying desperately not to laugh.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to do something in order to find out what happens, or to find out whether something is good, appropriate, effective, etc.
    He tried seven different colors before finding the right one.
    try doing something: I want to try playing soccer this spring.
    Try adding cornstarch to thicken the sauce a bit.
    try something on someone: The drug isn’t ready to be tried on humans yet.
    try something new/different (with something): Let’s try something different with your hair this time.
    try anything once: “Would you like to go skydiving?” “I’ll try anything once.”
  3. 3
    [transitive] to go to a particular place hoping to find someone or something
    I tried the library for his new book.
    1. a.
      to attempt to talk to someone because they might be able to help you or to give you information
      You could try Monica – she knows a lot about gardening.
  4. 4
    [transitive] [usually passive] to judge a person or case in a court of law
    Franklin’s case will be tried on August 25th.
    try someone for something: He was tried for murder and found guilty.

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