\ 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 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 Outlining a routine is a tried and true therapy trick for keeping yourself on track. Anna Borges, SELF, "13 Election Day Mental Health Tips for the Stressed, Depressed, and Distressed," 30 Oct. 2020 The tried and true method is to be sitting in the middle of woods loaded with mast at daylight or a couple of hours before sundown. Johnny Carrol Sain, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Squirrels," 6 Oct. 2020 And Apple really isn’t messing with its tried and true formula this year, focusing on cameras and software that come together for clear, realistic images. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "5G, OLED and improved cameras make the iPhone a must for some, a pass for others," 20 Oct. 2020 Reference checks are a tried and true approach for employers to make smart hiring decisions. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "How do I look for a new job without telling my boss? Ask HR," 20 Oct. 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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15 Jan 2021

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“Tried.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 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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