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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 When the military entered Dunse Para, those who had remained tried to run up the same paths. New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 2019 If there is something familiar about these scooter companies’ strategy of just showing up in cities without permission, that’s because that has now become a tried-and-true playbook for many start-ups. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Electric Scooters Are Causing Havoc. This Man Is Shrugging It Off.," 20 Apr. 2018 And while tried-and-true classics like Lucas Papaw Ointment and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream have amassed cult followings, the latest contenders each offer their own unique benefits. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The One Beauty Product That Will Take You From Winter Into Spring," 21 Mar. 2018 University of California President Janet Napolitano on Tuesday used a tried-and-true deflective strategy when grilled by legislators in Sacramento about a scathing audit of her office and the furor surrounding it. Mercury News Editorial Board, The Mercury News, "Editorial: UC’s Napolitano flunked trust test at legislative hearing on scathing audit of her office," 5 May 2017 Amazon used some tried-and-true tactics, the WSJ’s Newley Purnell reporters, including building state-of-the-art warehouses. Brian Baskin, WSJ, "Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ," 18 Nov. 2016

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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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Cite this Entry

“Tried.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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