try·​out | \ ˈtrī-ˌau̇t How to pronounce tryout (audio) \

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

tried out; trying out; tries 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

Noun Open tryouts for the team are next Monday. Verb want to try out my new skateboard? tried out his skill at archery
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those who stood out at the open tryout, held Feb 20, were invited to a private combine, underway this week at Dillon Stadium in Hartford. Shawn Mcfarland,, 11 Mar. 2021 After earning a contract off a camp tryout, the 36-year-old Hingham giant scored for the Penguins in his return to the league., 16 Oct. 2021 On Monday, October 4, the NBA 2K League revealed the tryout process for its upcoming fifth season. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Still, the Heat saw enough to bring the former Ohio State and Wisconsin big man into camp on an Exhibit 10 tryout contract, with Potter with 13 points and 13 rebounds by the end of Friday’s third period. Ira Winderman,, 8 Oct. 2021 Due to some potential scheduling conflicts with Wilson, Stiller and his team held auditions for the role of super-cool model Hansel, and Gyllenhaal's tryout stuck out in his mind. Dan Heching,, 28 Sep. 2021 How successfully the narrative expansion works will be judged by moviegoers and film critics, many of whom may be coming fresh to the musical, which arrived on Broadway in the fall of 2016 after a tryout engagement at Arena Stage. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 Four weeks later, the Packers have pulled the plug on the tryout. Tom Silverstein, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2021 For months, Moore trained with Grant, who had agreed to travel down south for the basketball tryout at the university. USA Today, 16 Oct. 2021

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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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5 Dec 2021

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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 How to pronounce tryout (audio) \

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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