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try·​out ˈtrī-ˌau̇t How to pronounce tryout (audio)
: an experimental performance or demonstration: such as
: a test of the ability (as of an athlete or actor) to fill a part or meet standards
: a performance of a play prior to its official opening to determine response and discover weaknesses

try out

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tried out; trying out; tries out

intransitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Noun Open tryouts for the team are next Monday. Verb want to try out my new skateboard? tried out his skill at archery
Recent Examples on the Web
Many baseball historians and most fans are unaware that the tryout, if it could even be called that, ever occurred. Marianne Mather, Chicago Tribune, 23 Feb. 2023 He'd been invited to a tryout after running a 4.2-second 40-yard dash during an Oregon pro day last spring. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 7 Feb. 2023 The day of the tryout, the Ramirezes had another appointment across town and were running late. Longreads, 7 Feb. 2023 Goaltender Matt Murray, who the Stars signed to a tryout after his season with UMass finished, made 33 saves Saturday after posting a 38-save shutout on Friday. Dallas News, 23 Apr. 2022 Word of what Netolicky did at that tryout spread to Drake University coach Maury John -- word of this big, agile guy who no one could guard. The Indianapolis Star, 22 Nov. 2022 The ultimate embrace came in September, at an open tryout for the Sioux Falls Skyforce, an event that had Heat staff and coaches for the team’s G League affiliate in attendance. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 19 Nov. 2022 His talent at that tryout was clear and only has been solidified by two seasons focusing entirely on the sport. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, 23 Sep. 2022 Azzi Fudd saw Paige Bueckers at a USA Basketball tryout and was less than impressed. Dom Amore,, 6 July 2021
Their ongoing Blackout series is a variety comedy show that often features other performers, and builds a space that’s welcoming and safe to try out new material. Michelle Aslam, Dallas News, 3 Mar. 2023 Last night, Suitable Technologies opened a brand new store in the middle of Palo Alto, Calif., to give people a way to try out the Beam telepresence not-a-robot. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Feb. 2023 Fashion is all about pushing the envelope, and Camila Mendes has always been game to try out even the most out-there of trending looks. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 14 Feb. 2023 There’s no shortage of recipes online that showcase different ways to try out this pairing. Brittany Leitner, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Feb. 2023 And could there be a better time to try out the trend than St. Patrick's Day? Christy Piña, Woman's Day, 30 Jan. 2023 Japan was not only the first one to try out quantitative easing many years ago, but has also been the one central bank which has so far defied the rest of the world by keeping short-term rates negative and ten-year yields pegged. Vineer Bhansali, Forbes, 11 Jan. 2023 Vitamin A's underwire bikini has all the same support as more minimal styles—plus, a range of prints and textures to try out in addition to beachy neutrals. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Jan. 2023 Similarly, renting an accessory or a special occasion dress is a way to try out something new—to you, at least. Vogue, 9 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1903, in the meaning defined above


1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tryout was in 1903

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“Tryout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
try·​out ˈtrī-ˌau̇t How to pronounce tryout (audio)
: a test of the ability (as of an actor or athlete) to fill a part or meet standards

try out

2 of 2 verb
: to take part in a tryout especially for a position on an athletic team or a part in a play

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