try on

tried on; trying on; tries on

Definition of try on

transitive verb

1 : to put on (a garment) in order to test the fit
2 : to use or test experimentally

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Other Words from try on

try-on \ ˈtrī-​ˌȯn How to pronounce try-on (audio) , -​ˌän \ noun

Examples of try on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the past year and a half, the actor has tried on one identity after another: the shaggy-haired Israeli spy, the clean-shaven playboy, and, in his Broadway debut, the Manhattan beat cop with a Burt Reynolds ’stache. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Chris Evans Goes to Washington," 15 Jan. 2020 McKellen’s journal entries cover a range of topics like his scheduling overlap with the X-Men franchise, his first time trying on the Gandalf costume (and beard!), working with his cast mates and more. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Ian McKellen releases journal entries he wrote while filming Lord of the Rings," 11 Jan. 2020 At Nordstrom’s women’s flagship in Manhattan, for instance, customers sip champagne and nibble on small bites while trying on shoes. Anne D’innocenzio, USA TODAY, "Chanel and champagne: How luxury goods stores are trying to lure shoppers from the internet," 23 Dec. 2019 The Must-Read Memoir Bill Cunningham’s posthumous memoir Fashion Climbing, discovered after his death in 2016, traces his rise from shy child secretly trying on his sisters’ dresses to one of fashion’s most lauded photographers. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "The Five Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in September," 5 Sep. 2018 Smith and Yates were each tried on murder charges, and Resnick consulted for the defense in both cases., "Understanding the motives of mothers involved in their children’s deaths - The Boston Globe," 28 Dec. 2019 As Yahoo reports, the brand is taking a foray into the world of virtual hair-color testing, which will allow shoppers to try on a wide range of hues both in-store and on the Sally Beauty app. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Sally Beauty Just Debuted Its First Virtual Hair-Color Try-On Experience Powered by AI," 12 Dec. 2019 The unique design of the Houston location lets customers experience and try on products that were previously available online and in shops in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Tecovas’ Houston grand opening serves up boots, coffee, drinks this weekend," 7 Dec. 2019 Brock Walker is in just his second week as the Gophers’ kicker, but Fleck chose to go to him for a 50-yard field goal try on Minnesota’s first drive of the game. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Tanner Morgan aids Gophers’ comeback, but exit could put him in concussion protocol," 16 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of try on

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Try on.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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