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Adjective: trying  trI-ing
  1. Hard to endure
    "fell upon trying times"
  2. Extremely irritating to the nerves
    "a trying day at the office";
    - nerve-racking, nerve-wracking, stressful
Verb: try  trI
  1. Make an effort to accomplish something
    "He tried to shake off his fears";
    - seek, attempt, essay, assay
  2. Put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
    "This approach has been tried with good results"; "try out this recipe";
    - test, prove, try out, examine, essay, trial
  3. Hear a case and sit as the judge at a trial or hearing
    "The football star was tried for the murder of his wife";
    - judge, adjudicate
  4. Take a sample of
    "Try these new crackers"; "try out the regional dishes";
    - sample, try out, taste
  5. Examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process
    "The case will be tried in California";
    - hear
  6. Give pain or trouble to
    "I've been sorely tried by these students"
  7. Test the limits of
    "You are trying my patience!";
    - strain, stress
  8. (cooking) melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities
    "try the yak butter";
    - render
  9. Put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice
    "Try on this sweater to see how it looks";
    - try on

See also: difficult, disagreeable, hard

Type of: act, afflict, anguish, assume, consume, decide, determine, don, evaluate, examine, get into, have, hurt, ingest, judge, make up one's mind, melt, melt down, move, pain, pass judgment, probe, put on, run, take, take in, wear

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