try·​ing | \ ˈtrī-iŋ How to pronounce trying (audio) \

Definition of trying

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: severely straining the powers of endurance a trying experience


Definition of trying (Entry 2 of 2)

present participle of try entry 1

Other Words from trying


tryingly adverb

Examples of trying in a Sentence

Adjective They have been through some trying times together. He can be very trying at times.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Your soul will be lighter, wiser and better able to connect and give grace to those around you, which is what will genuinely help make the world go round, especially in these great and trying times. Chris Schembra, Rolling Stone, 28 Oct. 2021 Her announcement comes on the heels of one of the most trying academic years in modern history, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic., 14 Sep. 2021 This season was more trying than most, with alternating lengthy stretches of captivating and confounding play. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 The Sox were brutal in 2020, winning just 24 of their 60 games, and the season took place in one of the more trying stretches of the pandemic., 9 Sep. 2021 But the O’Connors have been there through all the most trying times. Peter D. Kramer, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 Your management team members, and all your team members, have gone through a unique and very trying experience. Luis Costa, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Healthcare proxies, wills and beneficiary forms, and a power of attorney may feel uncomfortable to discuss now but will ensure that wishes are met during the most emotional and trying times. Jim Poolman, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The goal now is to keep adding games to the most trying season in Spurs history. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of trying


1718, in the meaning defined above

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try gun


try it on

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10 Nov 2021

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“Trying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trying

: difficult to deal with


try·​ing | \ ˈtrī-iŋ \

Kids Definition of trying

: hard to bear or put up with

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