Definition of Try

v. t.1.To divide or separate, as one sort from another; to winnow; to sift; to pick out; - frequently followed by out; as, to try out the wild corn from the good.
[imp. & p. p. tried ; p. pr. & vb. n. Trying.]
2.To purify or refine, as metals; to melt out, and procure in a pure state, as oil, tallow, lard, etc.
The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
- Ps. xii. 6.
For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
- Ps. lxvi. 10.
3.To prove by experiment; to apply a test to, for the purpose of determining the quality; to examine; to prove; to test; as, to try weights or measures by a standard; to try a man's opinions.
Let the end try the man.
- Shak.
4.To subject to severe trial; to put to the test; to cause suffering or trouble to.
Thus far to try thee, Adam, I was pleased.
- Milton.
These are the times that try men's souls.
- Thomas Paine (1776
5.To experiment with; to test by use; as, to try a remedy for disease; to try a horse.
Come, try upon yourselves what you have seen me.
- Shak.
To ease her cares the force of sleep she tries.
- Swift.
6.To strain; to subject to excessive tests; as, the light tries his eyes; repeated disappointments try one's patience.
7.(Law) To examine or investigate judicially; to examine by witnesses or other judicial evidence and the principles of law; as, to try a cause, or a criminal.
8.To settle; to decide; to determine; specifically, to decide by an appeal to arms; as, to try rival claims by a duel; to try conclusions.
Left I the court, to see this quarrel tried.
- Shak.
9.To experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience.
Or try the Libyan heat or Scythian cold.
- Dryden.
10.To essay; to attempt; to endeavor.
Let us try . . . to found a path.
- Milton.
To try on
a - To put on, as a garment, to ascertain whether it fits the person.
b - To attempt; to undertake.
- Dickens.
He first deceased: she for a little tried
To live without him; liked it not, and died.
- Sir H. Wotton.
Alack, I am afraid they have a waked,
And 't is not done. The attempt, and not the deed,
Confounds us.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To exert strength; to endeavor; to make an effort or an attempt; as, you must try hard if you wish to learn.
2.To do; to fare; as, how do you try!
n.1.A screen, or sieve, for grain.
2.Act of trying; attempt; experiment; trial.
This breaking of his has been but a try for his friends.
- Shak.
3.In Rugby and Northern Union football, a score (counting three points) made by grounding the ball on or behind the opponent's goal line; - so called because it entitles the side making it to a place kick for a goal (counting two points more if successful).
a.1.Refined; select; excellent; choice.

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