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re·​try (ˌ)rē-ˈtrī How to pronounce retry (audio)
retried; retrying
transitive + intransitive : to try (something) again to see if it is successful, working, or satisfactory
He retried downloading the program.
Turn the device and the router off for at least ten seconds, then turn them back on and retry the connection.Ankit Banerjee
a restaurant that might be worth retrying
After a certain number of failed attempts, the system will stop retrying.
transitive law : to try (someone or something) judicially for a second time
Prosecutors decided to retry the case.
retry a defendant
He was retried on the manslaughter charge.


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re·​try ˈrē-ˌtrī How to pronounce retry (audio)
plural retries
: a new attempt or try
The website loaded on the third retry.

Examples of retry in a Sentence

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In some years, the group’s priority legislation would fail and need to be retried in the next months and sometimes years. Mathew Miranda, Sacramento Bee, 13 May 2024 The court reversed the conviction so that he could be retried in a proper venue. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 9 May 2024 Engelmayer and Aidala have both said that if the case is retried, Weinstein will testify. Chloe Melas, NBC News, 26 Apr. 2024 Film mogul Harvey Weinstein is set to appear in a New York City court next week, the first step in potentially retrying the 72-year-old after his 2020 rape conviction was overturned. CBS News, 27 Apr. 2024 The Los Angeles District Attorney’s also cannot revisit its decision not to retry Weinstein on three charges that had resulted in a deadlocked jury. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Apr. 2024 Smith’s is one of almost two dozen death penalty sentences expected to be retried in Miami-Dade. Charles Rabin, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 Montgomery, who finished with 1,015 yards, became the fifth Lions player to rush for 1,000 yards since Barry Sanders retried before the 1999 season. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 7 Jan. 2024 Harris’s attorney, Lauren Myerscough-Mueller, expressed disappointment that the state intends to retry him under these circumstances. Melissa Noel, Essence, 12 Dec. 2023
Carroll looked to have the advantage in the seventh round of the shootout when Geller stopped a shot by Prosper’s Reagan Roberts, but Geller was ruled to have left the line too early and Roberts’ retry was true to put the Eagles up 5-4. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Apr. 2024 On March 6, Ms. Egwuatu and Mr. Onuoha and their 350 guests, including 11 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen, gathered at Houston’s Holy Trinity Cathedral for a retry. New York Times, 2 Apr. 2021 The information on the devices included the child’s name, gender and date of birth, mother’s name, caregiver’s name, and the hearing-screening results, which were pass, fail, retry or incomplete. William Thornton |, al, 7 Apr. 2022 Penn State was called offsides on the play, but running back Kerry Goode was stopped short on a retry from the 2 and Alabama lost. Creg Stephenson |, al, 28 Oct. 2022 The Hawks were awarded a retry from 5 yards further back, but Daniel Silveria came down with the ball to seal the deal for King Philip. Jake Levin,, 23 Sep. 2022 In 2019, the retry rate was 7 percent, according to CBP. Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2022 One notable launch in 2021 that didn’t happen was the retry by Boeing to send its CST-100 Starliner crew capsule on a mission to the International Space Station. Richard Tribou,, 21 Jan. 2022 Returnal won't go easy on you, but anyone with the stomach for frantic die-and-retry combat should expect a once-in-a-lifetime experience out of Housemarque's best game ever. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 26 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retry was circa 1673

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“Retry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


transitive verb
retried; retrying
: to try again

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