There are 2 translations of try in Spanish:

try1

Pronunciation: /traɪ/

n (plural tries)

  • 1.1 countable/numerable (attempt) intento (m), tentativa (f) 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
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    • 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?
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    • 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 (m), try (m) (Argentina) to score a try marcar* un ensayo
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    • 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.

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There are 2 translations of try in Spanish:

try2

vt (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]
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    • I tried to be a sales executive, a sailor and even got married to try and fit into the role of a good wife.
    • So we though we would give it a try and much to our surprise from the very first time that we tried to grow these blood vessels it worked.
    • She tried to make herself fall asleep so she could try and forget the situation she was in.
    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
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    • There are many tried and tested methods that have been used in Europe before.
    • Parents will be able to try different sorts and if they like them can buy their own stock.
    • Please bear in mind that I have seen a lot of therapists who try different kinds of therapy.
  • 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 [set phrase/frase hecha] Dios nos pone a prueba
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    • As cricket has discovered the game has to be approachable and rain delays try the patience of everyone.
    • She tried my patience sometimes, but equally I probably didn't give enough of a chance.
    • After a year of sustained eyebrow raising and boomerang pints, they now no longer try my patience or my vocal chords.
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    • Sam was duly tried and convicted on the conspiracy count but the Appellant was not called as a witness at that trial.
    • Within two days, both men were tried, convicted and sentenced to two years' jail.
    • The soldiers were subsequently tried by a regimental court martial and acquitted.
  • 4 [Law/Derecho] [person/case] juzgar* to try sb for sth juzgar* a algn por algo
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    • The actions were consolidated and the judge agreed to try preliminary issues which are the subject of this appeal.
    • The information is invalid and as such this Court has no jurisdiction to try the issue arising therefrom.
    • This I have done and I have told him that I can see no reason why I should not continue to try the case.

vi (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

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/Colombia, México) can I try it on? ¿me lo puedo probar or (Colombia, Mexico/Colombia, 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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Word of the day madeja
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Cultural fact of the day

The CAP (Curso de Adaptación Pedagógica) is a course taken in Spain by graduates with degrees in subjects other than education, who want to teach at secondary level. Students take a CAP in a particular subject, such as mathematics, literature, etc.