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try·​ing ˈtrī-iŋ How to pronounce trying (audio)
: severely straining the powers of endurance
a trying experience
tryingly adverb


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present participle of try entry 1

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
In the eyes of the organization, Hertl has responded, both in terms of his production and leadership, even as the Sharks have experienced their most trying season in a generation. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 Saving for eventually leaving the workforce while paying regular bills marred by inflation and digging out of the negatives becomes an even more trying feat. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 Melissa Barrera seems remarkably composed for someone navigating one of the most trying periods of their personal and professional lives. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 24 Jan. 2024 But the muddied tone did not dim our appreciation of Fishback, who managed to keep us with her character (mostly), even in the most trying of circumstances. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2023 See all Example Sentences for trying 

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Word History

First Known Use


1718, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trying was in 1718

Dictionary Entries Near trying

Cite this Entry

“Trying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: hard to bear or put up with
these are trying times

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