- [[t]traɪ[/t]]v. tried, try•ing,1) to attempt to do or accomplish:Try running a mile a day[/ex]2) to test the effect or result of (often fol. by out):tried a new recipe[/ex]3) to endeavor to evaluate by experiment or experience:to try a new field[/ex]4) to sample, taste, or test, as in order to evaluate5) law to examine and determine judicially, esp. to determine the guilt or innocence of (a person)6) to put to a severe test; subject to strain, as of endurance:trying one's patience[/ex]7) to attempt to open (a door, window, etc.) in order to find out whether it is locked8) to melt down (fat, blubber, etc.) to obtain the oil; render (usu. fol. by out)9) archaic to determine the truth or right of (a quarrel or question) by test or battle10) to make an attempt or effort; strive:You must try harder[/ex]11) phv try on, to put on (an article of clothing) in order to judge its appearance and fit12) phv try outa) phv to testb) phv to compete for a position or role, as by taking part in a test or trial13) an attempt or effort14) spo a score of usu. four points in rugby earned by advancing the ball to or beyond the opponent's goal line•Etymology: 1250–1300; ME trien to try (a legal case) < AF trier, OF: to sift, cull usage: The phrase try and is often used where try to is expected: Try and stop me. Though try and is found in all levels of speech and writing, it is sometimes considered inappropriate in formal contexts.
From formal English to slang. 2014.