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


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

Here’s the schedule: Saturday: 50 finalists will be selected during preliminary tryouts at Grand Park Events Center in Westfield. Jenny Green, Indianapolis Star, "How to be an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader," 3 Apr. 2018 Workouts can last longer than 48 hours as long as the athlete pays his own expenses for the extra time, including return travel, and does not miss class during the tryout. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How college basketball players can declare for NBA draft then return to school," 2 Apr. 2018 During the first tryouts, Jacobs went down steps on his hands before tumbling and landing on the track. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "ASU's original Sparky the Sun Devil, Dick Jacobs, turns 90," 27 Mar. 2018 Following a review of high school transcripts and applications, the center will conduct interviews and hold physical tryouts. Rebecca Heilweil,, "Program to train female carpenters warns of dizzying heights, Port-o-Johns," 28 Feb. 2018 The Jets signed veteran defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw after a three-day tryout at minicamp., "Nate Solder survives injury scare during scuffle at Giants minicamp," 15 June 2018 The New York Jets have signed defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw, a former Raven, after a three-day tryout during minicamp., "Former Raven Courtney Upshaw signs with Jets after tryout," 14 June 2018 WR Kayaune Ross feels more comfortable in year two at UK Jon Hale/The Courier-Journal LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Former Kentucky football wide receiver Kayaune Ross has earned a longer look with the Indianapolis Colts after the team's rookie minicamp tryout. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Indianapolis Colts fans, meet former Kentucky receiver Kayaune Ross," 18 May 2018 After talking to four other teams, Wagner signed a professional tryout contract on March 8 with the Wolves, who have their offices in Glenview and are the top minor-league affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. Steve Sadin,, "Chicago Wolves rookie relishes chance to play close to home," 3 Apr. 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

US : 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.
chiefly British : 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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