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Pronunciation: /traɪ/

Translation of try in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (tries, trying, tried)

  • 1 1.1 (attempt) intentar don't try anything no intentes nada to try to + infinitive/infinitivo tratar de + infinitive/infinitivo, intentar + infinitive/infinitivo he drowned trying to rescue them se ahogó al tratar de or al intentar rescatarlos try to o [colloquial/familiar]try and concentrate trata de or intenta concentrarte I'll try to finish it today trataré de or intentaré terminarlo hoy she tried hard to persuade them trató de or intentó convencerlos por todos los medios just you try! ¡atrévete!, ¡haz la prueba!to try sth on sb she once tried that on me a mí también trató de engañarme así una vez it's trying to rain [colloquial/familiar] parece que quiere llover [colloquial/familiar] 1.2 (attempt to operate) he tried all the windows probó a abrir todas las ventanas she tried the switch, but nothing happened le dio al interruptor, pero nada de nada
  • 2 2.1 (experiment with) [product/technique/food] probar* I've tried everything, but the stain won't come out he probado con todo, pero la mancha no sale I've never tried raw fish nunca he comido or probado pescado crudo try some pruébalo, prueba un poquito we're going to try the coast this year este año vamos a probar qué tal nos va en la playato try -ing have you tried frying it? ¿has probado a freírlo? shall we try adding a little oil? ¿le agregamos un poco de aceite, a ver qué pasa? try looking at the problem from another angle prueba con un enfoque distinto del problemato try sth on sb I tried the recipe on the kids and they hated it les hice el plato a los niños y no les gustó nada she tried her lecture on us first primero ensayó or practicó la conferencia con nosotros 2.2 (have recourse to) she tried Jack, but he didn't know se lo preguntó a Jack pero él no lo sabía I'll try his work number voy a probar a llamarlo al trabajo I tried several bookshops before I found a copy busqué en or recorrí varias librerías antes de encontrar un ejemplar
  • 3 3.1 (put to the test) [person/courage] poner* a prueba to try one's luck at sth probar* suerte con algo 3.2 (put strain on) [patience] poner* a prueba these things are sent to try us [literary/literario] Dios nos pone a prueba
  • 4 [Law/Derecho] [person/case] juzgar* to try sb for sth juzgar* a algn por algo

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (tries, trying, tried)

  • the team just isn't trying el equipo no está haciendo ningún esfuerzo I can't do it: will you try? no puedo, prueba or inténtalo tú try as we might, we made no progress por más esfuerzos que hacíamos, no progresábamos nada if at first you don't succeed try, try and try again si al principio no lo logras, sigue intentándolo you have to try harder tienes que esforzarte más to try one's best o hardest hacer* todo lo posible she couldn't be hurtful if she tried es incapaz de herir a nadie

noun/nombre (plural tries)

  • 1.1 countable/numerable (attempt) intento (masculine), tentativa (feminine) it's worth a try vale la pena intentarlo or hacer la tentativa or hacer la prueba that's not the right answer, but it was a good try esa no es la respuesta, pero no estabas tan desencaminado there's no answer, I'll give him/it another try later no contestan, insistiré or volveré a llamar más tarde have another try vuelve a intentarlo, haz otro intento or otra tentativa she's going to have another try at the exam va a volver a presentarse al examen
    Example sentences
    • It just took me a few weeks and just a few tries to accomplish all that.
    • Then my foot slipped off on only the second move of my third try.
    • Otherwise why would they have come back for a second and a third try?
    1.2 (trial, experiment) (no plural/sin plural) this wine should be worth a try merece la pena probar este vino we'll give him a try le daremos una oportunidad have you had a try on his bike yet? ¿ya has probado su bicicleta?
    Example sentences
    • Even if the idea seems strange, give it a try, as you have nothing to lose, but only to gain.
    • I didn't even know if asking her was a good idea or not, but I'll give it a try and see what happens.
    • It was getting excellent reviews there, so I decided to give it a try.
    1.3 countable/numerable (in rugby) ensayo (masculine), try (masculine) (Argentina) to score a try marcar* un ensayo
    Example sentences
    • We can find out about games played, tries scored, goals kicked, brothers and fathers, referees, captains and so on.
    • The action was fast moving and skilful, enterprising and well judged and both sides produced two tries and two penalty kicks.
    • While he was off the pitch the Giants scored two tries and a drop goal took their lead to 15-12.

Phrasal verbs

try for

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
[prize/place] tratar de conseguir he's going to try for the scholarship va a tratar de conseguir la beca, se va a presentar para la beca this time we're trying for a girl vamos a ver si esta vez tenemos una niña, esta vez vamos a por la niña (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar]

try on

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[skirt/shoes/hat] probarse*, medirse* (Colombia) (Mexico/México) can I try it on? ¿me lo puedo probar or (Colombia) (Mexico/México) medir? to try it on (with sb) (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] they had a new teacher and they were really trying it on tenían una maestra nueva y estaban viendo hasta dónde podían llegar con ella don't try it on with me! ¡cuidadito con pasarte de la raya or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) al patio conmigo! [colloquial/familiar]

try out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (test) [product/machine/method] probar*; [employee/player] probar*, poner* a prueba to try sth out on sb probar* algo con algn they tried the drug out on 50 patients probaron el fármaco con 50 pacientes 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (be tested) to try out (for sth) presentarse a una prueba (para algo)

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