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The word TRY can be typed using only the top row of keys on a QWERTY keyboard.

Usage statistics for the verb try:

spoken English61.26%written English38.74% conversational speech47.86%task-oriented speech52.14%
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Try is sometimes a misspelling of trying.

The word try is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun try

What does try mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: tries

  1. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

Alternative definition of the noun try


  1. An attempt.
  2. An act of tasting or sampling.
  3. [rugby] A score in rugby, analogous to a touchdown in American football.

Specialised definition of the noun try

Glossary of sports / rugby league

touching the ball down in the in-goal area; worth four points (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / rugby union

a score achieved by touching the ball on the ground behind the line of the opposing team's posts. Five points are scored for a try in rugby union, and four points in rugby league. (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

touching the ball down in the in-goal area; worth four points (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a score, worth 5 points, that's awarded when the ball is touched down by a player on the attacking side after it has been carried or kicked across the try-line. The scoring team is also awarded a conversion kick

Definition of the verb try

What does try mean as a doing word?

Try is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: tried

  1. make an effort or attempt
  2. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of try: essay / examine / prove / test / try out
    • more generic terms: evaluate / judge / pass judgment = form a critical opinion of
    • more specific words:
      • control / verify = check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
      • float = circulate or discuss tentatively
      • field-test = test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used
  3. put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of
  4. take a sample of
  5. examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of try: hear
    • more generic words: examine / probe = question or examine thoroughly and closely
    • more specific words: rehear / retry = hear or try a court case anew
  6. give pain or trouble to
  7. test the limits of
    • example: You are trying my patience!
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonyms of try: strain / stress
    • more generic word: afflict = cause great unhappiness for
    • more specific word: rack = stretch to the limits
  8. melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities
    • example: try the yak butter
    • domain: cookery / cooking / preparation
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of try: render
    • more generic terms: melt / melt down / run = reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
  9. put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice
    • examples: Try on this sweater to see how it looks | They try the cape
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of try: try on
    • more generic terms: assume / don / get into / put on / wear = put clothing on one's body


Try a.k.a. Tororo Airport is an airport in Uganda. It is one of the forty-six airports in the country.


Try is a musical group.


  1. "Try" is a song recorded by American singer songwriter Pink, which she released as the second single from her sixth studio album, The Truth About Love. Written and composed by Michael Busbee and Ben West and produced by Greg Kurstin, it is a pop rock ballad about taking risks with love, no matter what consequences may result.
  2. "Try" is a pop ballad written by Canadian singer Nelly Furtado and Brian West for Furtado's second album, Folklore. Produced by Track & Field, it was released as the second single from the album in February 2004. Furtado said the song "is about the reality of love. My energy used to just go everywhere, but now I'm more grounded because I've found true love. The idea here is that, yeah, sometimes life sucks. But life is only so long, and somebody can come along who makes you want to be a better person. You just have to roll with the punches. So "Try" is not a happy-go-lucky song. It has a strange arrangement because the chorus happens only twice, and the end is improvisational. It's like one of those epic power ballads." The Los Angeles Times said of "Try", "Her unfettered enthusiasm wins out as she sings of passion for life".
  3. "Try" a.k.a. "Try!" is the first live album by the John Mayer Trio. It was released by Columbia Records on November 22, 2005. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.
  4. "Try" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat from her fifth studio album, Gypsy Heart. It was released as the lead single on June 9, 2014 by Republic Records. The song was written by Caillat, Babyface and Jason Reeves and was produced by Babyface. Lyrically, the midtempo ballad is about not trying to be someone else in order to make others happy and it was written after a session where Caillat was feeling pressure to be someone she was not, both musically and image-wise. It received acclaim from music critics, who noted it was a simple, but beautiful empowering ballad.
  5. "Try" is a song written by Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy, and recorded by Canadian country rock group Blue Rodeo. Released in October 1987, it was the second single from their debut album, Outskirts. The song peaked at number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart, number 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart and number 6 on the Top Singles chart. At the 1989 Juno Awards, "Try" was named Single of the Year and Video of the Year.
  6. "Try" is the fifth studio album by Christian Contemporary-Folk-Pop-Rock musician Bebo Norman. The album is the third with Essential Records, and his sixth album overall including his first independent release. This album was released on August 24, 2004, and the producers are Brown Bannister, Matt Bronleewe and Mitch Dane.
  7. "Try" is the opening song from the 1997 Michael Penn album Resigned.
  8. "Try" is a musical single of AnnaGrace.
    • also known as Try (The Harder Mixes)
    • released on (13 years ago)
  9. "Try" is the first single from the 2010 Schiller gold album Atemlos with vocals by singer Nadia Ali from New York City. The single was officially released on 9 March 2010 and was peaking at number 58 on German Singles Chart in 2010. The single includes the song ″Salton Sea″. The cover art work shows a photography of a scene from the music video with Nadia Ali and Christopher von Deylen. The music video was shot in Berlin, Germany.
  10. "Try" is a 2004 single album by Nelly Furtado.
  11. "Try" is a composition.
  12. "Try" is the 2012 single album by Pink.
    • artist: P!nk
    • released on
  13. "Try" is a composition.


"TRY" is a film.


  1. Try: A try is a way of scoring points in rugby union and rugby league football. A try is scored by grounding the ball in the opposition's in-goal area. Rugby union and league differ slightly in defining 'grounding the ball' and the 'in-goal' area.
  2. Try a.k.a. Revaluation of the Turkish Lira: The new Turkish lira was the currency of Turkey and the de facto independent state of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus between 1 January 2005 and 1 January 2009 which was a transition period for the removal of six zeroes from the currency. The new lira was subdivided into 100 new kurush. The symbol was YTL and the ISO 4217 code was TRY.
  3. Try a.k.a. The Turung language is an extinct language formerly spoken in Assam. The Turung people who spoke this language now speak Assamese or Singpho languages.
    • also known as Tailung, Tai Turung, Tairong
  4. Try a.k.a. trpA is a gene.
  5. try a.k.a. MQL is an abbreviation for Metaweb Query Language. MQL, usually pronounced mickle, is the programmatic interface to Freebase, or the API. That is, its the way applicationsincluding those you may write-- get information into and back out of the data store at the heart of Freebase.The current implementation uses JSON syntax, making it ideal for JavaScript and python based clients. A future version of MQL will support XML syntax. Youre encouraged to write your own application using the Freebase data in whatever way you think is useful! For guidance and inspiration, check out the MQL manual and a bunch of webs apps that were built with Freebase data.
    • read more about MQL

Printed books with definitions for Try

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Google previewExcel 2010 Introduction: Part I (2011)

Average Function The next function to try is the AVERAGE function this will give the mean average of several figures. To Create Average Function MOUSE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Enter or locate several figures you wish to find the average of. In an empty ...

Google previewNumber Theory with Applications (1996)

by W C Winnie Li

Then there are two idéle class characters pu, v of IF/F* such that, at each place v, the representation try is a constituent of the induced representation p(uw, v,). This is the representation—theoretic analogue of the statement that the space of ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Tapas (2008)

by Jeanette Hurt

A different red grape — and subsequent wine — to try is the garnacha. The garnacha (also known as grenache in France) grape is grown all over Spain and blended into wines, but for a truly great garnacha wine, head to the Priorat region .

Google previewThe Whys of Subnuclear Physics (2012)

by Antonio L. Zichichi

obvious exchange to try is that of an f. Consider the simplest description of total cross sections, a Regge term given exactly by duality diagrams and a Pomeron term which simply counts quarks and gives the 3/2 rule, and a third term which ...

Google previewAn Invitation to Applied Mathematics (2016)

Differential Equations, Modeling, and Computation by Carmen Chicone

A useful function to try is an exponential of one of the state variables. The reason is that exponentials survive differentiation and the constant in the exponent can be used as an extra parameter to make it more likely the divergence has a fixed ...

Google previewAfter Prostate Cancer (2011)

A What-Comes-Next Guide to a Safe and Informed Recovery by Arnold Melman M.D., Rosemary Newnham

KETOCONAZOLE If the removal or switching of antiandrogens does not prove successful, or fails after a time, then the next thing to try is a drug called ketoconazole, which suppresses the production of the testosterone by the adrenal glands.

Google previewA Whole New Mind (2006)

Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink

” One reason to give the gratitude visit a try is that it can generate a momentum of its own. Those who are thanked ...

Google previewChange and Continuity in the English Language (1998)

Studies on Complementation Over the Past Three Hundred Years by Martti Juhani Rudanko

Overall, try is the most commonly occurring verb, as it was in the LOB sample above, though its incidence ...

Google previewPhotopedia (2007)

The Ultimate Digital Photography Resource (Adobe Reader) by Michael R. Miller

The first tool to try is the Despeckle filter. As the name implies, this filter removes the “speckles” from your photos by blurring all of the photo except the hard edges around objects. So, even though the graininess is blurred out, the objects you ...

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Usage statistics about try

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb try:

spoken English61.26%written English38.74% conversational speech47.86%task-oriented speech52.14% imaginative writing69.55%informational writing30.45%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun try:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb try:


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Scrabble value of T1R1Y4

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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