try


try
I
n.

1) to have, make a try at

2) (colloq.) to give it, smt. a try

3) (rugby) to score a try

4) a try at, for

5) a try to + inf. (they made another try to have the decision reversed)

6) (misc.) (AE; colloq.) to give it the old college try ('to make a determined effort')

II
v.

1) to try hard; to try one's best

2) (D; intr.) ('to attempt') to try for (to try for a prize)

3) (D; tr.) ('to subject to trial') to try for (they tried her for murder)

4) (E) ('to attempt') she tried to telephone us

5) (G) ('to attempt') he tried jogging, but his ankles would hurt USAGE NOTES:

1) The phrase try and do smt. is a colloq. variant of try to do smt., but has no past tense.

2) The sentence she tried to jog usu. means that she never was able to jog; she tried jogging means that she was able to jog, but gave it up after a while.

* * *
[traɪ]
but gave it up after a while.
for
make a try at
she tried jogging means that she was able to jog
smt. a try
to try one's best
but his ankles would hurt (USAGE NOTES: 1. The phrase try and do smt. is a colloq. variant of try to do smt., but has no past tense.)
(E) ('to attempt') she tried to telephone us
(G) ('to attempt') he tried jogging
(colloq.) to give it
(rugby) to score a try
The sentence she tried to jog usu. means that she never was able to jog
a try at
to have
to try hard
(misc.) (AE; colloq.) to give it the old college try ('to make a determined effort')
a try to + inf. (they made another try to have the decision reversed)
(D; tr.) ('to subject to trial') to try for (they tried her for murder)
(D; intr.) ('to attempt') to try for (to try for a prize)

Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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