try·out | \ˈtrī-ˌau̇t \

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


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


Open tryouts for the team are next Monday.


want to try out my new skateboard? tried out his skill at archery
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The summer before his junior season, a close friend convinced Keith to join him at a tryout for Team Texas, one of the best AAU programs in the state. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "First family of Fort Worth basketball still shining after careers at TCU, Kansas," 12 July 2018 Bernstein scheduled a tryout for them in November in front of MLB general managers and scouts in Arizona. Jon Tayler,, "Million Dollar Moves: After His Unlikely Baseball Career Flamed Out, Rinku Singh's Next Stop Is WWE," 3 July 2018 Darling was one of nine players attending the Saints camp on a tryout basis, according to Susan Miller Degnan And Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "This very large former Miami Hurricane just signed an NFL rookie deal with the Saints," 14 June 2018 More than 30 college coaching staffs will be in attendance to scout an event that amounts to a three-hour tryout for the area's top talents., "NW Showcase: Dozens of college football programs, including Ducks, Beavers, headed to see area's top talent," 1 June 2018 Released by the Red Sox last July after a miserable 2 ½ seasons in Boston, Sandoval rejoined the Giants in August and won a tryout in 2018 even though third baseman Evan Longoria was acquired to play Sandoval’s position. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pablo Sandoval: Giants’ man of many roles," 24 May 2018 The New Orleans Saints signed five of the players who participated on a tryout basis during rookie minicamp two weeks ago, and two of them will actually add experience to their respective position groups. Josh Katzenstein,, "Saints have vision for recent veteran additions Jay Bromley, Michael Ola," 22 May 2018 Twenty-three players attended the Eagles’ weekend rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. Les Bowen,, "Radnor's Tim Wilson makes Eagles' spring roster after rookie-camp tryout," 14 May 2018 The Ravens continued to tinker with the back end of their roster Monday, signing two players who participated in last week’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis while waiving two others. Jeff Zrebiec,, "Ravens sign return specialist Janarion Grant, cut FB Ricky Ortiz as part of back-end roster moves," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of tryout


1903, in the meaning defined above


1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tryout

: 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.

: a test of the quality, value, or usefulness of something


try·out | \ˈtrī-ˌau̇t \

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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