attempt stresses the initiation or beginning of an effort.
will attempt to photograph the rare bird
try is often close to attempt but may stress effort or experiment made in the hope of testing or proving something.
tried to determine which was the better procedure
endeavor heightens the implications of exertion and difficulty.
endeavored to find crash survivors in the mountains
essay implies difficulty but also suggests tentative trying or experimenting.
will essay a dramatic role for the first time
strive implies great exertion against great difficulty and specifically suggests persistent effort.
continues to strive for peace
Examples of try in a Sentence
I don't know if I can do it, but I'll try.
Keep trying. You can do it.
You can do it if you try hard enough.
“He said he can beat you.” “I'd like to see him try!”
I tried, but I just couldn't do it.
“She's not in the office now.” “OK. I'll try again later.”
I don't know where she is. Try calling her on her cell phone.
He tried a few things to remove the stain, but nothing worked.
Did you try restarting the computer?
If you want to lose weight, try exercising more. Noun
was granted another try at the field goal See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Tell me about the artists who are really, really pushing the culture and trying to be original and really trying to take risks — without naming Tyler.
Tierra Whack: Or Tierra, or Yachty.—Delisa Shannon, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 Others are also trying new methods to solve the problem.—Pierre Thomas, ABC News, 1 Dec. 2023 Arriving more than 20 years after the first film, Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget features the same delightful stop-motion animation for which Aardman is famed, as Ginger, Rocky and the gang try to evade humans and head for an idyllic bird sanctuary.—Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Dec. 2023 Since then, she’s tried three times to replace the cake with a new variety, but apparently diners are still craving the taste of what seems, in hindsight, like a golden age of fancy desserts.—Ella Quittner, New York Times, 1 Dec. 2023 The former president also tried to use the Senate's acquittal of him after the Jan. 6 riot as a reason for dismissing the federal charges, however Chutkan rejected the assertion on Friday.—Misty Severi, Washington Examiner, 1 Dec. 2023 But even as Biden’s team tries to focus on health care and the economy, Vice President Kamala Harris’ appearance at the New York Times DealBook Summit underscored that the campaign continues to face questions about Biden’s electability and age.—Bridget Bowman, NBC News, 30 Nov. 2023 Standard setters have tried to minimize differences, but reconciling climate data into a comparable format is likely to remain a formidable task.—Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 30 Nov. 2023 This could be food for thought for investors or entrepreneurs, and those trying to make sense of cryptocurrencies.—Damian Bunce, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023
Give it a try — totally changes the ChatGPT experience: https://t.co/DgzqLlDNYF
— Greg Brockman (@gdb) November 21, 2023
Jason Abbruzzese is the senior editor for technology, science and climate for NBC News Digital.—Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023 The Trojans responded with a 13-yard touchdown run by Jones with 3:44 remaining, but failed to convert on a two-point try to pull within one possession.—Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2023 Give this recipe a try and remember to have a rice day!—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 11 Nov. 2023 So, are recreational runners really going to give ketchup a try?—Victor Mather, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 For now, anyone wanting to give Humane’s vision of the future a try will have to settle for looking a bit more like a cop.—WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023 So why not give Nutra Champs Horny Goat Weed a try and experience its benefits for yourself?—Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2023 Then grab a pair of dumbbells and give it a try yourself!—Jenny McCoy, SELF, 6 Nov. 2023 Turn your oven on low, and give these easy baked ribs a try.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 4 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English trien, from Anglo-French trier to select, sort, examine, determine, probably from Late Latin tritare to grind, frequentative of Latin terere to rub — more at throw entry 1