try 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 , -​ˌän \ noun

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The mother reportedly discovered the pregnancy as the victim was trying on dresses for a school dance, then instructed her to say a classmate impregnated her. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Indiana man, 34, who impregnated 10-year-old girl, gets over 100 years in prison," 21 Sep. 2018 Jiang’s family says they have been left out of the process and believe Davis should be tried on first-degree murder and sentenced to life. Washington Post, "Slain Chinese girl’s family wants longer sentence for killer," 11 June 2018 But the Trojans missed their last seven field-goal tries on top of two one-and-one situations at the foul line. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park boys fall to South Houston 45-42," 23 Jan. 2018 When trying on bras, always fasten them in the loosest available position around your ribs. Julia Malacoff, Redbook, "The New Way to Find the Perfect Fitting Bra," 24 Feb. 2012 Your best bet is to try on a bunch of styles to see which shoes fit you correctly and are the most comfortable. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes, According to Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 At the event in New York, for the first time in memory select pieces were available to be tried on. Reed Krakoff, Town & Country, "Tiffany & Co. Wants to Change the Rules of How to Wear a Diamond," 27 Nov. 2018 Many others are waiting to be tried on capital offenses, including Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, who are accused of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother with a nerve agent at a Kuala Lumpur airport terminal in February last year. Yantoultra Ngui, WSJ, "Malaysia Moves Ahead on Effort to Abolish Death Penalty," 11 Oct. 2018 In fact, in one photo the toddler is happy enough to try on a pair of sunglasses while an officer holds her and others talk with her. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""That's a child": Video shows dramatic rescue of missing 2-year-old in the woods," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of try on

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of try on was in 1664

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