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Definition 1: earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where try or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • made an effort to cover all the reading material
  • wished him luck in his endeavor
  • she gave it a good try

Synonyms for try in the sense of this definition

(try is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of try ) (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base

(... is a kind of try ) an attempt to acquire or gain something

(... is a kind of try ) informal words for any attempt or effort

"he gave it his best shot" "he took a stab at forecasting"

(... is a kind of try ) an attempt to score in a game

(... is a kind of try ) an effortful attempt to attain a goal

(... is a kind of try ) an energetic attempt to achieve something

"getting through the crowd was a real struggle" "he fought a battle for recognition"

(... is a kind of try ) an attempt to take control of a corporation

(... is a kind of try ) the act of testing something

"in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately" "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"

(... is a kind of try ) an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power

"she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away"

(... is a kind of try ) a futile or unprofitable endeavor

(... is a kind of try ) the attempt to achieve equal rights or status

"she worked for women's liberation"

(... is a kind of try ) the effort contributed by a person in bringing about a result

"I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project" "they all did their share of the work"

(... is a kind of try ) an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)

"scientists' forays into politics"

(... is a kind of try ) a tentative attempt

(... is a kind of try ) a usually brief attempt

"he took a crack at it" "I gave it a whirl"

(... is a kind of try ) an attempt to get something

"they made a futile play for power" "he made a bid to gain attention"

(... is a kind of try ) the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of

"it was the worst he had ever done on a test"

(... is a kind of try ) the supreme effort one can make

"they did their best"

(... is a kind of try ) the act of undergoing testing

"he survived the great test of battle" "candidates must compete in a trial of skill"

Definition 2: put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice - [verb of body]

Samples where try or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Try on this sweater to see how it looks

Synonyms for try in the sense of this definition

(try is a kind of ...) put clothing on one's body

"What should I wear today?" "He put on his best suit for the wedding" "The princess donned a long blue dress" "The queen assumed the stately robes" "He got into his jeans"

Definition 3: melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities - [verb of change]

Samples where try or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • try the yak butter
  • render fat in a casserole

Synonyms for try in the sense of this definition

(try is a kind of ...) reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating

"melt butter" "melt down gold" "The wax melted in the sun"

(try belongs to category ...) the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

"cooking can be a great art" "people are needed who have experience in cookery" "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"

Definition 4: take a sample of - [verb of consumption]

Samples where try or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Try these new crackers
  • Sample the regional dishes

Synonyms for try in the sense of this definition

(try is a kind of ...) serve oneself to, or consume regularly

"Have another bowl of chicken soup!" "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

(... is a kind of try ) taste with relish

"degust this wonderful soup"

Definition 5: test the limits of - [verb of emotion]

Samples where try or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You are trying my patience!

Synonyms for try in the sense of this definition

(try is a kind of ...) cause great unhappiness for; distress

"she was afflicted by the death of her parents"

(... is a kind of try ) stretch to the limits

"rack one's brains"

Definition 6: give pain or trouble to - [verb of emotion]

Samples where try or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I've been sorely tried by these students

(try is a kind of ...) cause emotional anguish or make miserable

"It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school"

Samples where try or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He tried to shake off his fears
  • The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps
  • The police attempted to stop the thief
  • He sought to improve himself
  • She always seeks to do good in the world

Synonyms for try in the sense of this definition

(try is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of try ) be dared to do something and attempt it

(... is a kind of try ) make a strenuous or labored effort

"She struggled for years to survive without welfare" "He fought for breath"

(... is a kind of try ) make an attempt at something

"I never sat on a horse before but I'll give it a go"

(... is a kind of try ) search blindly or uncertainly

"His mind groped to make the connection"

(... is a kind of try ) attempt by employing effort

"we endeavor to make our customers happy"

(... is a kind of try ) try

"let's give it a whirl!"

(... is a kind of try ) take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

"When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

(... is a kind of try ) expose to a chance of loss or damage

"We risked losing a lot of money in this venture" "Why risk your life?" "She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong"

Samples where try or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This approach has been tried with good results
  • Test this recipe

Synonyms for try in the sense of this definition

(try is a kind of ...) form a critical opinion of

"I cannot judge some works of modern art" "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"

(... is a kind of try ) check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard

"Are you controlling for the temperature?"

(... is a kind of try ) circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with

"The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"

(... is a kind of try ) test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used

"The Army field tested the new tanks"

Samples where try or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The jury had heard all the evidence
  • The case will be tried in California

Synonyms for try in the sense of this definition

(try is a kind of ...) question or examine thoroughly and closely

(... is a kind of try ) hear or try a court case anew

Samples where try or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The football star was tried for the murder of his wife
  • The judge tried both father and son in separate trials

Synonyms for try in the sense of this definition

(try is a kind of ...) reach, make, or come to a decision about something

"We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"

(... is a kind of try ) subject to trial by court-martial

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