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

Examples of tried in a Sentence

a tried and trusted friend a tried method for catching sport fish
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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Tried.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tried. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2

past and past participle of try


2 of 2 adjective
: found good, faithful, or trustworthy through experience or testing
a tried recipe

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