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1a formal examination of evidence before a judge, and typically before a jury, in order to decide guilt in a case of criminal or civil proceedings:the newspaper accounts of the trial the editor was summoned to stand trial for libel 2a test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something:clinical trials must establish whether the new hip replacements are working an athletic contest to test the ability of players eligible for selection to a team.
) an event in which horses, dogs, or other animals compete or perform:horse trials
3a person, thing, or situation that tests a person’s endurance or forbearance:the trials and tribulations of married life
verb (trials, trialing, trialed ; Britishtrials, trialling, trialled)
1 [with object] test (something, especially a new product) to assess its suitability or performance:all seeds are carefully trialed in a variety of growing conditions 2 [no object] (of a horse, dog, or other animal) compete in trials:the pup trialed on Saturday