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

If an official guidebook for NHL tryouts existed, somewhere high up in Chapter 1 players would be offered tips on how best to catch the coach’s eye., "“Yeah, that was unfortunate, flying into Bruce there,” said a somewhat sheepish Petrovic, a 6-foot-4-inch blueliner with a penchant for hitting, albeit usually against more prepared and better protected targets. “I lost an edge . . . kind of not the best spot to lose your edge.”," 14 Sep. 2019 The Cardinals brought McDonald in for a recent tryout and also worked out free agent defensive end Corey Liuget, who ultimately decided to sign with the Raiders. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals sign defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, re-sign Siupeli Anau," 26 Aug. 2019 It’s hard to see a player of Anthony’s stature signing up for a glorified tryout. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons mailbag: Does adding Carmelo Anthony make sense this season?," 19 Aug. 2019 The 49ers are expected to place Coleman on season-ending injured reserve Monday and also bring in tackles for tryouts. Eric Branch,, "49ers investigating backup plan with tackle Shon Coleman headed to IR," 11 Aug. 2019 Prepare for high school tryouts, perform at your best., "Rec Sports: Camps & Clinics for July 28, 2019," 28 July 2019 The game ended at 10 p.m. and was on a flight to Indiana four hours later for a tryout with the Fever. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "How devastating loss and impossible odds motivated Erica Wheeler's WNBA rise," 25 July 2019 Among the universities receiving helmets for tryout are San Diego State, USD, Georgia, Maryland, and the Naval Academy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Are lighter football helmets safer? Carlsbad company banking on it," 5 July 2019 Choi said the 21-player roster will be formed through tryouts, the specifics dates and locations of which have not been determined. Michael Lerseth,, "Marshawn Lynch will be part owner of newest indoor team, the Oakland Panthers," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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