try·​ing | \ ˈtrī-iŋ How to pronounce trying (audio) \

Definition of trying

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: severely straining the powers of endurance a trying experience


Definition of trying (Entry 2 of 2)

present participle of try entry 1

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Other Words from trying


tryingly adverb

Examples of trying in a Sentence

Adjective They have been through some trying times together. He can be very trying at times.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Sox were brutal in 2020, winning just 24 of their 60 games, and the season took place in one of the more trying stretches of the pandemic., 9 Sep. 2021 But the O’Connors have been there through all the most trying times. Peter D. Kramer, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 Your management team members, and all your team members, have gone through a unique and very trying experience. Luis Costa, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Healthcare proxies, wills and beneficiary forms, and a power of attorney may feel uncomfortable to discuss now but will ensure that wishes are met during the most emotional and trying times. Jim Poolman, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The goal now is to keep adding games to the most trying season in Spurs history. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 17 May 2021 On Saturday at the Waseca County Fairgrounds, the community finally will be able to host an in-person fundraiser that will double as a thank you from the family to the throngs of people who have lifted them up during their most trying times. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 This past year has shown us that the employees who are the most valuable to an organization are those who can stay productive and focused even in the most trying of times. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 20 May 2021 After such a trying and strange year, to be recognized for something like this is really special. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of trying


1718, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries Near trying

try gun


try it on

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Last Updated

11 Sep 2021

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“Trying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trying

: difficult to deal with


try·​ing | \ ˈtrī-iŋ \

Kids Definition of trying

: hard to bear or put up with

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