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

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Nayeri, 40, is being tried on charges of kidnapping for ransom, aggravated mayhem, torture and burglary in the 2012 abduction of the man and his female roommate by masked captors. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Defense claims Hossein Nayeri’s ex-wife is a liar working with police to frame him in kidnap and torture case," 9 Aug. 2019 In 2008, he was tried on child pornography charges and acquitted. Reuters, The Mercury News, "R. Kelly faces additional sex charge in Minnesota," 5 Aug. 2019 He was called in 1970 as a defense witness in the Chicago 7 case, in which some of his close friends were tried on charges of inciting a riot at the convention. Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times, "Paul Krassner, counterculture satirist who coined the term ‘Yippie,’ dies at 87," 21 July 2019 Currently under federal custody, Elmezayen will first be tried on the insurance fraud charges and then the murder charges. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Father charged with murder after driving two sons with severe autism off California pier," 19 July 2019 Once that case is completed, he will be tried on the murder charges with the special circumstance allegations that the crimes were carried out for financial gain. Susan Scutti, CNN, "California man who drove autistic sons and wife off pier charged with murder," 18 July 2019 The arguments came during a hearing for Joaquín Guzmán, better known as El Chapo, who is scheduled to be tried on drug charges in Brooklyn this fall. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "El Chapo’s Lawyers Cite Traffic in Bid to Move Trial," 26 June 2018 Sip prosecco and try on new outfits at this event from women’s business organization UPWARD Boston, a networking organization for women executives founded by the chief technical officer of National Grid. Max Jungreis,, "Business Agenda," 20 Aug. 2019 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

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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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