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

Noun Open tryouts for the team are next Monday. Verb want to try out my new skateboard? tried out his skill at archery
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But a few days later, the New England Patriots invited him to a rookie tryout. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions are getting shortchanged and for once it's not their fault," 7 May 2020 Signs of trouble emerged at the musical’s out-of-town tryout in Chicago. New York Times, "‘The Addams Family’ Musical Was Panned. Then It Became a Hit.," 7 Apr. 2020 Voters in the Town of Fulton, which is 8 miles north of Janesville in Rock County, gave Microsoft's ElectionGuard software a tryout. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Is this the future of voting? Microsoft brings latest in voting technology for a test run in small-town Wisconsin," 18 Feb. 2020 Following a Boston tryout, that production begins previews March 13 ahead of an April 13 opening and is scheduled to play a limited engagement through July 12. David Rooney, Billboard, "David Byrne's 'American Utopia' Sets Return Broadway Engagement," 17 Feb. 2020 His list of requirements for a hotel room in Philadelphia during a tryout included sliced liverwurst, salami, and bologna, and twenty-four cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Pleasure and Pain of Being Cole Porter," 13 Jan. 2020 And by avoiding any advance negativity from an out-of-town tryout, and opening in August when international tourists run Broadway, the show is hoping to survive and make a buck. Chris Jones,, "Pre-Broadway tryouts in Chicago? This year, some big titles and much craziness," 3 Dec. 2019 That was followed by an online tournament tryout, which led to Harrisburg flying Carrell to Pennsylvania for an interview and in-person scrimmage. Luke Winkie, The Atlantic, "Where Gamers Are the Only Varsity Athletes," 13 Nov. 2019 Stafford, 33, was always a longshot to make the team after entering training camp on a professional tryout. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "With season opener looming, Wild trim roster to 26 players," 27 Sep. 2019

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1903, in the meaning defined above


1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Tryout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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