1 attempt
good, nice

Never mind—it was a good try. Better luck next time.

first, second, etc.

She passed the test on the first try.

her second try at a Broadway musical


Can I have a try?

give sth

It looks difficult, but let's give it a try.

be worth

It may not work, but it's certainly worth a try.

try at

She's having another try at the marathon.

2 scoring move in rugby
dazzling, excellent, good, great, splendid, superb, well-taken
last-minute, late
decisive, winning
get, go over for, score
try against

He scored three tries against New Zealand.

try by, try from

an excellent try by winger Neil Lang

desperately, frantically, furiously, hard, mightily (esp. AmE)

She was trying desperately to stay afloat.

Sam was trying hard not to laugh.

gamely, valiantly

She tried valiantly to smile through her tears.


Do you actively try to get involved in other people's projects?

consciously, deliberately, intentionally, purposely

I wondered if he was purposely trying to avoid me.

constantly, continually, repeatedly

I'm constantly trying to make things better.


I clumsily tried to make amends.


I hurriedly tried to unlock the door.

at least

Can you guys at least try and be nice to her?

fruitlessly, futilely (esp. AmE), in vain, unsuccessfully, vainly

a treason charge for allegedly trying to overthrow the government by force

decide to

I decided to try again.

dare (sb) to

I dare you to try and stop her.

bother to

She didn't even bother to try to check on her son.

continue to

We have to continue to try to learn more about this.

hesitate to

He wouldn't hesitate to try and kill them.

be going to

I hope you're not going to try and deny it.

be tempted to
be tempting to
let sb

Can't you do it? Let me try.

be just trying to do sth, be only trying to do sth

I was just trying to help!

give up trying

I've given up trying to persuade her.

try your best, try your hardest, try your utmost

I tried my best not to laugh.

Try is used with these nouns as the object: ↑approach, ↑avenue, ↑case, ↑cuisine, ↑delicacy, ↑diplomacy, ↑dish, ↑door, ↑exercise, ↑experiment, ↑handle, ↑idea, ↑knob, ↑luck, ↑manoeuvre, ↑patience, ↑ploy, ↑recipe, ↑remedy, ↑restaurant, ↑route, ↑shot, ↑tack, ↑tactic, ↑technique, ↑trick, ↑yoga

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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