transitive verbPlural tries, tried, trying
1.1(attempt)intentardon't try anything — no intentes nada
- to try to + inf — intentar + inf
- he drowned trying to rescue them — se ahogó al tratar de / al intentar rescatarlos
- try to / (informal) try and concentrate — trata de / intenta concentrarte
- I'll try to finish it today — trataré de / intentaré terminarlo hoy
- she tried hard to persuade them — trató de / intentó convencerlos por todos los medios
- just you try! — ¡atrévete!
- to try sth on sb
- she once tried that on me — a mí también trató de engañarme así una vez
- it's trying to rain — parece que quiere llover
- Nash tried to brake and the last thing I remember was his arm flinging out to try and stop me from flying out of the car.
- All members and players please try and make an effort to attend meeting as it is a very important event.
- If she can just make an effort to try and be better, she can actually live a much better life.
- Either way, I am going to start making a dedicated effort to try and stop using those words myself.
- I tried to be a sales executive, a sailor and even got married to try and fit into the role of a good wife.
- This week I tried to make an effort shake the lethargy which has plagued me recently.
- With effort, he tried to sit up and the hot, white pain that coursed through him was more than he could bear.
- I didn't try and listen or believe your side of the story even when you tried to tell me.
- He opened his eyes again with great effort and tried to comprehend what he was looking at.
- I made one last effort to try and reason with our doctor, but it was all for nothing.
- We'll try and play the way we have tried to play the last two Test matches.
- We were disrupted by efforts to try and merge our information systems and find new headquarters.
- I wish that there were attempts to try and circulate the information to young women that they do have a choice.
- He grabbed one of the snowshoes and with a bit of effort tried to clear some of the snow.
- The white nuns who came here made a big effort to try and teach your mother.
- She tried to make herself fall asleep so she could try and forget the situation she was in.
- So we though we would give it a try and much to our surprise from the very first time that we tried to grow these blood vessels it worked.
- Now the next step is launching an effort to try and make sure that we can take costs out of the system.
- If that is the case, you really should make an effort to try and catch him while you can.
- I have spent a lot of time, effort and money to try and put together the next project.
1.2(attempt to operate)he tried all the windows — probó a abrir todas las ventanas
- she tried the switch, but nothing happened — le dio al interruptor, pero nada de nada
2.1(experiment with)(food/product/technique) probarI've tried everything, but the stain won't come out — he probado con todo, pero la mancha no sale
- I've never tried raw fish — nunca he comido / probado pescado crudo
- try some — pruébalo
- we're going to try the coast this year — este año vamos a probar qué tal nos va en la playa
- to try -ing
- have you tried frying it? — ¿has probado a freírlo?
- shall we try adding a little oil? — ¿le agregamos un poco de aceite, a ver qué pasa?
- try looking at the problem from another angle — prueba con un enfoque distinto del problema
- to try sth on sb
- I tried the recipe on the kids and they hated it — les hice el plato a los niños y no les gustó nada
- she tried her lecture on us first — primero ensayó / practicó la conferencia con nosotros
- They are the result of centuries of experience and wisdom, tried and tested.
- To scientists a theory is an idea that has been tried and tested by experiments and has passed every test.
- Granted it wasn't tried and tested, but, it did have a basis on common sense.
- They are all productions that are tried and tested and that are not usually that complex.
- The important point is that the stallion will have been tried and tested in the toughest race of all.
- A few approaches to this problem have been tried in different countries in the last two decades.
- Our combinations are tried and tested in many cases, which does help.
- This was our tried and tested pattern for five out of the six days.
- Please bear in mind that I have seen a lot of therapists who try different kinds of therapy.
- Several top football countries use this system so it is tried and tested.
- The oil has been tried and tested throughout the season and offers extremely good durability.
- His methods, he admits, are not new but have been tried and tested in Canada.
- Popular-yet-dormant brands, and tried and tested formulae are revived and revisited all the time.
- Now we have tried and tested it with bluechips and there are definite signs of an upturn.
- There are many tried and tested methods that have been used in Europe before.
- Science fact is that IVF with donor eggs is a tried and tested way to help infertile couples have children.
- Sadly, the idea of the game has been tried and tested so many times it seems old hat now.
- Parents will be able to try different sorts and if they like them can buy their own stock.
- The genre has certain formulaic elements, tried and tested in their saleability.
- He said there was no reason the new system could not work, that it was tried and tested all over Europe.
2.2(have recourse to)she tried Jack, but he didn't know — se lo preguntó a Jack pero él no lo sabía
- I'll try his work number — voy a probar a llamarlo al trabajo
- I tried several bookshops before I found a copy — busqué en / recorrí varias librerías antes de encontrar un ejemplar
3.1(put to the test)(courage/person) poner a prueba
- In due course, the great majority of war criminals were tried under a national jurisdiction.
- They purged Parliament in December, tried him, and had him executed in January 1649.
- Sam was duly tried and convicted on the conspiracy count but the Appellant was not called as a witness at that trial.
- His tribulations at a sport at which he previously naturally excelled would have tried the patience of a saint.
- The court will try individuals accused of committing genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
- After a year of sustained eyebrow raising and boomerang pints, they now no longer try my patience or my vocal chords.
- The great majority of war criminals were tried in the territories where the crimes were committed.
- He was tried as a Nazi collaborator in 1946 but was acquitted and allowed to resume his career.
- One of its first orders is to set up special tribunals to try members of the former regime.
- For that crime, she was tried, convicted, and sent back to slavery, thus restoring his property.
- They know dawdling only tries the government's patience.
- Antoine is annoyed that Helene was late meeting him after work, and the heavy traffic tries his patience.
- The soldiers were subsequently tried by a regimental court martial and acquitted.
- What he said went without argument and we knew better than to try his patience, and anyway, he kept his cane within easy reach.
- Her nine-day reign was followed by the Roman Catholic Queen Mary, who tried him for treason.
- Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy my job, I might even venture to say I love it, but it sometimes tries my patience.
- As well as trying taxpayers' patience, the worsening gridlock is costing big money.
- Well, there is an answer to that-but I have tried the reader's patience long enough.
- As cricket has discovered the game has to be approachable and rain delays try the patience of everyone.
- Cromwell, who had wanted to spare the King, saw no way out but to try him for treason.
- I didn't really have to try my patience because I didn't make any big mistakes.
- But that's only the first of a number of instances in which he tries our patience.
- It is a game that rewards perseverance but tries your patience.
- A few junior officers were tried by a military tribunal and given light sentences.
- She tried my patience sometimes, but equally I probably didn't give enough of a chance.
- As it is, literally having to watch the grass grow starts to sorely try the patience.
- Within two days, both men were tried, convicted and sentenced to two years' jail.
- He was tried, after a fashion, and turned over to the Roman prefect, with the recommendation that he be executed.
- With other conspirators he was tried and sentenced to death on a charge of treason in November 1553.
- But if it tries the moviegoer's patience, the film never cedes its fascination.
- He refused to serve on the court that tried Charles I but joined the Council of State in 1652.
- He was tried before a judge sitting alone and convicted of three counts of murder and appealed.
- She was tried by one judge, rather than by a panel of three, as required by law.
- After the war many camp officials were tried and punished, but others escaped.
3.2(put strain on)(patience) poner a pruebathese things are sent to try us — Dios nos pone a prueba
4Law(person/case) juzgarto try sb for sth — juzgar a algn por algo
- The actions were consolidated and the judge agreed to try preliminary issues which are the subject of this appeal.
- Attorneys who try cases at the courthouse said they had not seen him wearing it before.
- This I have done and I have told him that I can see no reason why I should not continue to try the case.
- This delay is within the ambit of what might be considered inherent in trying a case.
- The information is invalid and as such this Court has no jurisdiction to try the issue arising therefrom.
intransitive verbPlural tries, tried, trying
1the team just isn't trying — el equipo no está haciendo ningún esfuerzo
- I can't do it: will you try? — no puedo, prueba / inténtalo tú
- try as we might, we made no progress — por más esfuerzos que hacíamos, no progresábamos nada
- if at first you don't succeed try, try and try again — si al principio no lo logras, sigue intentándolo
- you have to try harder — tienes que esforzarte más
- she couldn't be hurtful if she tried — es incapaz de herir a nadie
1(attempt)intento masculinetentativa feminineit's worth a try — vale la pena intentarlo / hacer la tentativa / hacer la prueba
- that's not the right answer, but it was a good try — esa no es la respuesta, pero no estabas tan desencaminado
- there's no answer, I'll give him/it another try later — no contestan, insistiré / volveré a llamar más tarde
- have another try — vuelve a intentarlo
- she's going to have another try at the exam — va a volver a presentarse al examen
- The second and third tries in a different spot on his finger were also unsuccessful.
- Sometimes, first tries and the limits of low budgets make better films, never mind the special effects improvements.
- The chef handed her some paper, and she took around five tries to get a suitable signature.
- It just took me a few weeks and just a few tries to accomplish all that.
- Yet in my exhausting tries, I couldn't concentrate on making a conscious effort of it, not while this sheep dog was left standing.
- On the second or third try, I got my glasses on a tiny wren half hidden in the grasses.
- To my astonishment, I make it up on my second attempt and by the third try I manage to stay up for a full three minutes.
- It took me a few tries and a lot of effort before I was able to stand upright.
- The blistering cold wore on the engine kept it from staring until the third try.
- Otherwise why would they have come back for a second and a third try?
- Then my foot slipped off on only the second move of my third try.
- What made the difference was sleeping after having a first few tries at the problems involved.
2(trial, experiment)this wine should be worth a try — merece la pena probar este vino
- we'll give him a try — le daremos una oportunidad
- have you had a try on his bike yet? — ¿ya has probado su bicicleta?
- He should have allowed for one more try of a different sort to see if it might be possible to get some movement.
- If you're already prepared to give the essay a try, you can find a download page here.
- After a few more tries, I finally gave up and turned to examine myself in the mirror.
- I didn't even know if asking her was a good idea or not, but I'll give it a try and see what happens.
- If you wonder how you will look with different eye colors, give color contacts a try.
- However if you do give this form of fishing a try you may be pleasantly surprised.
- It was getting excellent reviews there, so I decided to give it a try.
- If yes, definitely give it a try, but don't think only in terms of accomplishing anything.
- Even if the idea seems strange, give it a try, as you have nothing to lose, but only to gain.
3(in rugby)ensayo masculinetry masculine Argentinato score a try — marcar un ensayo
- Players score tries by getting the ball over the opponents' touchline.
- While he was off the pitch the Giants scored two tries and a drop goal took their lead to 15-12.
- We can find out about games played, tries scored, goals kicked, brothers and fathers, referees, captains and so on.
- The action was fast moving and skilful, enterprising and well judged and both sides produced two tries and two penalty kicks.
- In his career, he has played more than 260 professional matches, scoring 78 tries and kicking 100 goals and five drop goals.