try·​out | \ ˈtrī-ˌau̇t How to pronounce tryout (audio) \

Definition of tryout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an experimental performance or demonstration: such as
a : a test of the ability (as of an athlete or actor) to fill a part or meet standards
b : a performance of a play prior to its official opening to determine response and discover weaknesses

try out

tried out; trying out; tries out

Definition of try out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to compete for a position especially on an athletic team or for a part in a play

Examples of tryout in a Sentence


Open tryouts for the team are next Monday.


want to try out my new skateboard? tried out his skill at archery
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My decision was made at a hotel lobby bar in Detroit after a group tryout with the Lions. Rich Ohrnberger, azcentral, "Not every NFL career ends with a news conference goodbye, some end quietly in hotel bars," 27 Aug. 2019 NCRC Hotshots Fastpitch Softball are holding tryouts/evaluations for the upcoming 2019 Fall and 2020 Spring Softball Seasons., "Rec Sports: Tryouts & Registrations for Aug. 25, 2019," 24 Aug. 2019 A Sports Illustrated report Wednesday quoted some of the kickers who attended the nine-man rookie minicamp tryout in May, criticizing the Bears for elements of their process. Rich Campbell,, "Column: In the Bears’ kicker search, the destination justifies the journey. But with the season approaching, can they find their way?," 21 Aug. 2019 England, now 64, attended the University of the Pacific on a football scholarship, got a tryout with the New York Jets as an offensive guard and coached football in Sacramento while attending law school at night. Bob Egelko,, "Trump suit against tax-return law assigned to moderate judge," 9 Aug. 2019 Sure enough, by the start of soccer tryouts, the three-sport star was back to her old self. Glenn Graham,, "2018-19 High School Female Athlete of the Year: McDonogh three-sport star Julia Dorsey," 2 July 2019 The Kent State graduate, who is hoping to hear back from a Frontier League team after a tryout, remembers his parents' constant encouragement. Marc Bona,, "Father’s Day 2019: For Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton and son Brad baseball is a special bond," 12 June 2019 But during next season's tryouts for the team, Ashlynn was cut. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "8-year-old told "girls should not be playing baseball" creates amazing highlight reel to prove her skills," 31 July 2019 Of 56 outside hitters, former Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy standout Kayla Lund was chosen to further up her game when she was selected to Team U.S.A. after a three-day tryout in early March. Vincent Nguyen, La Cañada Valley Sun, "U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team trials provides wealth of experience for Lund," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of tryout


1903, in the meaning defined above


1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tryout

US : a test of someone's ability to do something that is used to see if he or she should join a team, perform in a play, etc.
chiefly British : a test of the quality, value, or usefulness of something


try·​out | \ ˈtrī-ˌau̇t How to pronounce tryout (audio) \

Kids Definition of tryout

: a test of the ability (as of an athlete or an actor) to fill a part or meet standards

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