Synonyms of try in English:


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1‘we've got to try to help him’

attempt, endeavour, make an effort, exert oneself, seek, strive, struggle, do one's best, do one's utmost, do all one can
undertake, aim, set out, take it on oneself
try one's hand at
informal have a bash, have a crack, have a go, have a shot, have a stab, give it one's best shot, bend over backwards, lean over backwards, bust a gut, do one's damnedest, pull out all the stops, go all out, go for broke, knock oneself out, break one's neck, move heaven and earth
Australian, New Zealand informal give it a burl, give it a fly
formal essay
archaic assay

2‘why don't you try it and see what you think?’

test, try out, check out, put to the test, experiment with
sample, taste, have a taste of
inspect, investigate, examine, appraise, evaluate, assess
informal try something on for size, give something a whirl

3‘Mary tried everyone's patience to the limit’

tax, make severe demands on, strain, put a strain on, test, stretch, sap, drain, exhaust, wear out, tire out, weary

4‘the case is to be tried by a jury in the Crown Court’

adjudicate, consider, hear, pass judgement on, adjudge, examine


1‘I decided to have one last try’

attempt, go, effort, endeavour, bid
informal shot, crack, stab, bash, whack
formal essay


    try one's hand

    ‘I would like to try my hand at bonsai’

    make an attempt at, have a shot at
    attempt, try, try out, give something a try
    informal have a go at, have a crack at, have a stab at, have a bash at, give something a whirl
    formal essay
    archaic assay
    try something out

    ‘the scheme has been tried out in 20 local authorities’

    test, trial, experiment with, pilot
    put to the test, put through its paces, put into practice
    assess, evaluate