try·ing | \ˈtrī-iŋ \

Definition of trying 

: severely straining the powers of endurance a trying experience

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Other Words from trying

tryingly adverb

Examples of trying in a Sentence

They have been through some trying times together. He can be very trying at times.

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Many people, including model Iskra Lawrence, have used their platforms to talk about why having a thigh gap is not realistic for everyone, and how trying to change your body to fit society’s standards can be harmful. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Side-By-Side Shows How to Get a Thigh Gap," 2 July 2018 And thus the biggest issue for the show is also the biggest issue for its characters: How can any conflict matter when the most trying thing in the story already happened? Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "Review: On ‘Life Sentence,’ Life Is a Little Too Beautiful," 6 Mar. 2018 In a response to one of her commenters, Lee did mention potentially trying alternative methods to finally get her rainbow baby. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "After 8 Years and 2 Miscarriages, Heartbroken Woman Writes About Quitting IVF," 14 July 2017 Kapler has trumpeted that message since spring training and repeated it even in the season’s most trying moments. Matt Breen,, "Phillies climb atop NL East with blowout win over Pirates," 6 July 2018 During that trying time, Rashad leaned on his good friend, Bills running back O.J. Simpson. Tim Rohan,, "Michael, Murray and ... OJ? Ahmad Rashad Has Kept His Celeb Friends Close—Most of Them, Anyway," 29 June 2018 The past three months have been a trying time for Kardashian and Thompson. Natalie Stone,, "Malika Haqq Thanks Khloé Kardashian for Showing Her 'the Art of Forgiveness' in Wake of Scandal," 28 June 2018 Our clients often come to us at the most trying times in their lives. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "Following wave of suicides, Florida Bar president put mental health on the docket," 9 June 2018 Nobody in the outside world was aware of this because Thompson, even in the most trying of times, doesn’t exactly reek of stress. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "A dynasty secured," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of trying

1718, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trying was in 1718

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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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