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 Close to a month ago, Cooper Rush was sitting in a hotel room in Houston waiting for a tryout with the Houston Texans. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "‘It’s been quite the journey’: Cooper Rush, Garrett Gilbert have chance to make first NFL start vs. Steelers," 5 Nov. 2020 The Bears are bringing in veteran center Aaron Neary for a tryout. Brad Biggs,, "Bobby Massie could miss a month with a knee injury, giving the Chicago Bears another issue on the offensive line," 3 Nov. 2020 Winfield, Martin and Coughlin are playing in the NFL, while Williamson is on a practice squad and Renner is making the tryout circuit. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "After making noise in '19, Gophers defense is less sound in 2020," 6 Nov. 2020 Haus and Mercer are two of 10 returning players on the tryout list who helped Team USA win the 2017 world championship in England. Megan Woodward,, "Trio of former Carroll players invited to try out for US women’s national lacrosse team," 1 Nov. 2020 The High Desert Storm will host their first tryout Nov. 21 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond. oregonlive, "New pro indoor football team, the Oregon High Desert Storm, planned for central Oregon," 20 Oct. 2020 Could the Spartans use a rotation in games to build experience and as a tryout? Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Resetting Michigan State football's QB battle with Rutgers game looming," 19 Oct. 2020 So on a make-good tryout, sort of like Dwight Howard with the Lakers this season? Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Is it time for the Heat to revisit DeMarcus Cousins?," 16 Oct. 2020 With his IndyCar debut now firmly lined up, McLaughlin's performance at St. Pete may serve as a tryout for a spot in an Indy car next season. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Scott McLaughlin will make his IndyCar debut with Team Penske in St. Pete season finale," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of tryout was in 1903

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22 Nov 2020

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“Tryout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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