tryout

noun
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

verb
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

Which doesn’t mean that Williamstown has turned itself into a New York-facing theater that lives off a reputation for out-of-town tryouts. Jesse Green, New York Times, "How a Summer Festival Is Shaping New York’s Theatrical Winter," 13 Sep. 2019 Leguizamo’s past solo work has similarly evolved through workshops and tryouts, but the political climate has changed perhaps even more than the writing. Los Angeles Times, "Review: For John Leguizamo, class is back in session. ‘Latin History for Morons’ hits L.A.," 9 Sep. 2019 San Jose is one of 22 cities on the show’s national tryout tour and the dream was alive and well. Dai Sugano, The Mercury News, "Video: Watch ‘American Idol’ contestants’ performance in San Jose," 6 Sep. 2019 The musical had out-of-town tryouts in Chicago and was slated for Broadway, but the Main Stem production never came about after a major investor pulled out. Suzy Evans, Billboard, "Martin Charnin, Tony-Winning Creator of 'Annie,' Dies at 84," 7 July 2019 The musical had out-of-town tryouts in Chicago and was slated for Broadway, but the Main Stem production fell through after a major investor pulled out. Suzy Evans, The Hollywood Reporter, "Martin Charnin, Tony-Winning Creator of 'Annie,' Dies at 84," 7 July 2019 My decision was made at a hotel lobby bar in Detroit after a group tryout with the Lions. Rich Ohrnberger, azcentral, "Not every NFL career ends with a news conference goodbye, some end quietly in hotel bars," 27 Aug. 2019 NCRC Hotshots Fastpitch Softball are holding tryouts/evaluations for the upcoming 2019 Fall and 2020 Spring Softball Seasons. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Rec Sports: Tryouts & Registrations for Aug. 25, 2019," 24 Aug. 2019 A Sports Illustrated report Wednesday quoted some of the kickers who attended the nine-man rookie minicamp tryout in May, criticizing the Bears for elements of their process. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Column: In the Bears’ kicker search, the destination justifies the journey. But with the season approaching, can they find their way?," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of tryout

Noun

1903, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1909, in the meaning defined above

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tryout

noun

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

tryout

noun
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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