put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"
a tentative attempt
an analytic or interpretive literary composition
prototype of a proposed postage stamp
make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "he used sarcasm to upset his opponent"; "irony is wasted on the stupid"; "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own"--Jonathan Swift