\ ˈtrīd How to pronounce tried (audio) \

Definition of tried

1 : found good, faithful, or trustworthy through experience or testing a tried recipe
2 : subjected to trials or distress a kind but much-tried father

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Examples of tried in a Sentence

a tried and trusted friend a tried method for catching sport fish
Recent Examples on the Web For those who want the more tried and true stadium-type concessions, stands were open inside the stadium as folks sauntered around the corridor and into lines on the field for assorted activities. Marc Bona, cleveland, "NFL Draft’s Day 1 kicks off with local food, NFL Experience, photo ops - and high-priced parking," 29 Apr. 2021 While many investors try to predict what will happen with the economy, the president or interest rates, Baron doesn’t fret about such matters, sticking to his tried and true method. Sergei Klebnikov, Forbes, "Billionaire Investor: Why Elon Musk Will Be A ‘Trillion Dollar Man’," 17 Apr. 2021 The tried and true methods that have served many partners for their entire careers, just aren’t available any longer. Adrian Dayton, Forbes, "3 Ways To Get Reluctant Employees Sharing," 9 Apr. 2021 AstraZeneca’s vaccine for Covid-19 uses a tried and true vaccine platform to encourage the body to mount an immune response. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "What we know about the safety concerns with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine," 15 Mar. 2021 There are plenty of trivia apps on the web, but the Random Trivia Generator is a tried and true. Michella Oré, Glamour, "15 Adult Party Games You Can Still Play Over Zoom," 27 Dec. 2020 Usually, the rapper’s tried and true beauty look is ultra glam including a beat face and fun wig however, every hot girl needs a little time to let her hair breathe. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Megan Thee Stallion Shows Off Her Natural Hair," 10 Dec. 2020 Unfortunately, our political leaders, while wising up to the scale of problem, still are not ready to look beyond the usual slate of tried and tired solutions. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "We Need More Than Antitrust Law to Tackle Big Tech," 4 Dec. 2020 AstraZeneca’s candidate, however, uses a tried and true vaccine platform called a viral vector. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "AstraZeneca is developing what may be the most widely accessible Covid-19 vaccine," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of tried

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tried

Middle English, from past participle of trien to try, test

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The first known use of tried was in the 15th century

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3 May 2021

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“Tried.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tried

: found to be good or effective through use or testing


Kids Definition of tried

past tense and past participle of try

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