Definition of trying in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrīiNG/


Difficult or annoying; hard to endure: it had been a very trying day
More example sentences
  • Seriously though, can anyone this side of the Orion belt say they did not expect a difficult and trying season?
  • This week he said he was beginning to renew his love of the game after the trying period he has endured.
  • Singaporeans are going through difficult and trying times in varying ways.
stressful, taxing, demanding, difficult, tough, hard, pressured, frustrating, fraught;
arduous, grueling, tiring, exhausting
informal hellish
annoying, irritating, exasperating, maddening, infuriating;
tiresome, irksome, troublesome, bothersome, vexing
informal aggravating



Pronunciation: /ˈtrīiNGlē/
Example sentences
  • She is cheerful, well meaning and - in the eyes of nearly everyone she meets - tryingly dull.
  • All this provides a certainty that messy real life so tryingly fails to.
  • Of course there were the academic areas: History, Geography, tryingly presented; mythology, logic and theology were my favourites.

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Syllabification: try·ing

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