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"
put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"
put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice; "Try on this sweater to see how it looks"
melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities; "try the yak butter"; "render fat in a casserole"
take a sample of; "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes"
test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!"
give pain or trouble to; "I've been sorely tried by these students"
examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process; "The jury had heard all the evidence"; "The case will be tried in California"