To make an effort to do or accomplish (something); attempt: tried to ski. To taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability: Try this casserole. Try the door. Law To examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process. Law To put (an accused person) on trial. To subject to great strain or hardship; tax: The last steep ascent tried my every muscle. To melt (lard, for example) to separate out impurities; render. To smooth, fit, or align accurately. To make an effort; strive. An attempt; an effort. Sports In Rugby, an act of advancing the ball past the opponent's goal line and grounding it there for a score of three points. try on To don (a garment) to test its fit. try on To test or use experimentally. try out To undergo a competitive qualifying test, as for a job or athletic team. try out To test or use experimentally. try (one's) hand To attempt to do something for the first time: I tried my hand at skiing.