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

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Before your appointment, try on your favorite lipstick colors in different neutral shades of rose, coral, and brown tones to see what meshes best with your skin tone. Kate Foster, Glamour, "I’m Completely Hooked on Lip Blushing," 7 Aug. 2019 Kids will get to check out an ambulance, a fire truck and a police patrol car first hand, and try on firefighter gear. Catalina Righter,, "Carroll County law enforcement, emergency responders plan National Night Out activities," 3 Aug. 2019 Another highlight of the swim clinic was getting to check out and even try on Jason’s Olympic medals., "Swim clinic brings Olympian to Timonium pool," 24 July 2019 Adults rummage in antique stores, families try on hoodies at Melanzana, children lick ice cream off cones. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Denver Post listening tour: Leadville looks to diversify beyond “scrappy mining town”," 14 July 2019 What we in the theater were left with was Shui Xian wandering around a disheveled stage, trying on a variety of articles of clothing and sometimes opting for nothing at all. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘Momentum’ offers mixed dance visions, one exciting, one taxing," 12 July 2019 Spacey is currently being tried on charges of indecent assault and battery for allegedly groping an 18-year-old busboy in July 2016 at the Club Car bar on the island of Nantucket. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Judi Dench says work of Weinstein and Spacey should not be forgotten," 25 June 2019 The most immediate analogs may be QVC and HSN (both founded in the ’80s), on which smiling hosts try on and hold up garments and tout comfort and fit. Hilary George-parkin, Vox, "Gloria Vanderbilt changed how we feel about jeans," 18 June 2019 Feel the weight of real GI equipment, try on a field jacket, and taste the chocolate bars carried in soldiers’ kits. National Geographic, "France Family Journey: From Paris to Normandy and Beyond," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of try on

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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