Synonyms of 'try'
1 attemptDictionary, seek, aimHe secretly tried to block her advancement in the Party.
We attempted to do something like that here.
He also denied that he would seek to annex the country.
She undertook the arduous task of monitoring the elections.
He essayed a smile, but it was a dismal failure.
He strives hard to keep himself very fit.
They had to struggle against all kinds of adversity.
I will endeavour to rectify the situation.
have a go
go for it (informal)
make an effort
have a shot (informal)
Why don't you have a shot at it?
have a crack (informal)
bend over backwards (informal)
People are bending over backwards to please customers.
do your best
go for broke (slang)
make an attempt
move heaven and earth
I moved heaven and earth to get you that job!
bust a gut (informal)
give it your best shot (informal)
have a stab (informal)
break your neck (informal)
He never exerts himself for other people.
make an all-out effort (informal)
knock yourself out (informal)
have a whack (informal)
do your damnedest (informal)
give it your all (informal)
rupture yourself (informal)
2 experiment with, try out, put to the testIt's best not to try a new recipe on such an important occasion.
put to the test
Test the temperature of the water with your wrist.
Cut off a small piece of meat and taste it.
He examined her passport and stamped it.
Gas officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.
We sampled a selection of different bottled waters.
Each hotel is inspected once a year.
Many companies were prompted to appraise their recruitment policies.
3 judgeDictionary, hear, considerThe case was tried in Tampa, a changed venue with an all-white jury.
4 taxDictionary, test, troubleShe really tried my patience.
Overcrowding has taxed the city's ability to deal with waste.
He was testing me, to see how I would cope.
Is anything troubling you?
That subject tires me.
Resources will be further strained by new demands for housing.
My emotional turmoil has drained me.
The effort of speaking had exhausted him.
Try making a note of the things that annoy you.
I'm not going to plague you with a lot of questions.
Their attitude irritates me.
Her pregnancy wearied her to the point of exhaustion.
There are four main problems that afflict these people.
He promised not to inconvenience them any further.
Everything about that man vexes me.
The rehearsal process irked him increasingly.
make demands on
give someone grief (British, South Africa)
1 attemptDictionary, go (informal), shot (informal)I didn't really expect anything, but it was worth a try.
a deliberate attempt to destabilize defence
It took us two goes to get the colour right.
He will be given a shot at the world title.
He made no effort to hide.
I'd love to have a crack at the title next year.
His first essay in running a company was a disaster.
Several times tennis stars have had a stab at acting.
He's prepared to have a bash at discussing it intelligently.
His first endeavours in the field were wedding films.
Let me have a whack at trying to fix the car.
2 testDictionary, trial, taste
High levels of dioxin were confirmed by scientific tests.
They have been treated with drugs in clinical trials.
He took another small taste.
a proposed new law banning animal experiments
We based our analysis on a random sample of more than 200 males.
Evaluation is standard practice for the training course.
Self-appraisal is never easy.
try something out
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If someone is adjudged to be something, they are judged or considered to be that thing.
He was adjudged to be guilty.
If you adjudicate on a dispute or problem, you make an official judgment or decision about it.
a commissioner to adjudicate on legal rights
Thesaurus for try from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you try to do something, you want to do it, and you take action which you hope will help you to do it.