1 [countable/uncountable] legal the process of examining a case in a court of law and deciding whether someone is guilty or innocent. When a case comes to trial, it is brought to a court and the person who has been accused of a crime stands trial (=appears in court)
on trial (for something):
They’re on trial for armed robbery.
put someone on trial (for something):
It is not certain whether she will be put on trial for burglary.
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