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Try vs. Attempt

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The main difference between Try and Attempt is that the Try is a way of scoring points in rugby league and rugby union football and Attempt is a occurs if a criminal has an intent to commit a crime and takes a substantial step toward completing the crime

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  • Try (verb)

    To attempt; to endeavour. Followed by infinitive.

    "I tried to rollerblade, but I couldn’t."

    "I'll come to dinner soon. I'm trying to beat this level first."

  • Try (verb)

    To divide; to separate.

  • Try (verb)

    To separate (precious metal etc.) from the ore by melting; to purify, refine.

  • Try (verb)

    To winnow; to sift; to pick out; frequently followed by out.

    "to try out the wild corn from the good"

  • Try (verb)

    To extract oil from blubber or fat; to melt down blubber to obtain oil

  • Try (verb)

    To test, to work out.

  • Try (verb)

    To extract wax from a honeycomb

  • Try (verb)

    To make an experiment. Usually followed by a present participle.

    "I tried mixing more white paint to get a lighter shade."

  • Try (verb)

    To put to test.

    "I shall try my skills on this."

  • Try (verb)

    To test someone's patience.

    "You are trying my patience."

    "Don't fucking try me."

  • Try (verb)

    To taste, sample, etc.

    "Try this—you’ll love it."

  • Try (verb)

    To prove by experiment; to apply a test to, for the purpose of determining the quality; to examine; to prove; to test.

    "to try weights or measures by a standard;"

    "to try a person's opinions"

  • Try (verb)

    To experiment, to strive.

  • Try (verb)

    To put on trial.

    "He was tried and executed."

  • Try (verb)

    To have or gain knowledge of by experience.

  • Try (verb)

    To work on something.

    "You are trying too hard."

  • Try (verb)

    To do; to fare.

    "How do you try! (i.e., how do you do?)"

  • Try (verb)

    To settle; to decide; to determine; specifically, to decide by an appeal to arms.

    "to try rival claims by a duel;"

    "to try conclusions"

  • Try (verb)

    To lie to in heavy weather under just sufficient sail to head into the wind.

  • Try (verb)

    To strain; to subject to excessive tests.

    "The light tries his eyes."

    "Repeated failures try one's patience."

  • Try (verb)

    To want

    "I am really not trying to hear you talk about my mama like that."

  • Try (noun)

    An attempt.

    "I gave unicycling a try but I couldn’t do it."

  • Try (noun)

    An act of tasting or sampling.

    "I gave sushi a try but I didn’t like it."

  • Try (noun)

    A score in rugby, analogous to a touchdown in American football.

    "Today I scored my first try."

  • Try (noun)

    A screen, or sieve, for grain.

  • Try (noun)

    a field goal or extra point

  • Try (adjective)

    Fine, excellent.

  • Attempt (verb)

    To try.

    "I attempted to sing, but my throat was too hoarse."

    "to attempt an escape from prison"

    "A group of 80 budding mountaineers attempted Kilimanjaro, but 30 of them didn't make it to the top."

  • Attempt (verb)

    To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt.

  • Attempt (verb)

    To try to win, subdue, or overcome.

    "one who attempts the virtue of a woman"

  • Attempt (verb)

    To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force.

    "to attempt the enemy's camp"

  • Attempt (noun)

    The action of trying at something. 1530

    "We made an attempt to cross the stream, but didn't manage."

    "This poem is much better than the feeble attempt of mine."

    "It was worth the attempt."

    "No matter how many failed attempts we made, we maintained a positive attitude and tried again and again until we succeeded."

  • Attempt (noun)

    An assault or attack, especially an assassination attempt. 1580

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Try

    To divide or separate, as one sort from another; to winnow; to sift; to pick out; - frequently followed by out; as, to try out the wild corn from the good.

  • Try

    To purify or refine, as metals; to melt out, and procure in a pure state, as oil, tallow, lard, etc.

  • Try

    To prove by experiment; to apply a test to, for the purpose of determining the quality; to examine; to prove; to test; as, to try weights or measures by a standard; to try a man's opinions.

  • Try

    To subject to severe trial; to put to the test; to cause suffering or trouble to.

  • Try

    To experiment with; to test by use; as, to try a remedy for disease; to try a horse.

  • Try

    To strain; to subject to excessive tests; as, the light tries his eyes; repeated disappointments try one's patience.

  • Try

    To examine or investigate judicially; to examine by witnesses or other judicial evidence and the principles of law; as, to try a cause, or a criminal.

  • Try

    To settle; to decide; to determine; specifically, to decide by an appeal to arms; as, to try rival claims by a duel; to try conclusions.

  • Try

    To experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience.

  • Try

    To essay; to attempt; to endeavor.

  • Try (verb)

    To exert strength; to endeavor; to make an effort or an attempt; as, you must try hard if you wish to learn.

  • Try (verb)

    To do; to fare; as, how do you try!

  • Try (noun)

    A screen, or sieve, for grain.

  • Try (noun)

    Act of trying; attempt; experiment; trial.

  • Try (noun)

    In Rugby and Northern Union football, a score (counting three points) made by grounding the ball on or behind the opponent's goal line; - so called because it entitles the side making it to a place kick for a goal (counting two points more if successful).

  • Try (adjective)

    Refined; select; excellent; choice.

  • Attempt

    To make trial or experiment of; to try; to endeavor to do or perform (some action); to assay; as, to attempt to sing; to attempt a bold flight.

  • Attempt

    To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt.

  • Attempt

    To try to win, subdue, or overcome; as, one who attempts the virtue of a woman.

  • Attempt

    To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force; as, to attempt the enemy's camp.

  • Attempt (verb)

    To make an attempt; - with upon.

  • Attempt (noun)

    A essay, trial, or endeavor; an undertaking; an attack, or an effort to gain a point; esp. an unsuccessful, as contrasted with a successful, effort.

Webster Dictionary
  • Try (noun)

    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something;

    "made an effort to cover all the reading material"

    "wished him luck in his endeavor"

    "she gave it a good try"

  • Try (verb)

    make an effort or attempt;

    "He tried to shake off his fears"

    "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"

    "The police attempted to stop the thief"

    "He sought to improve himself"

    "She always seeks to do good in the world"

  • Try (verb)

    put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to;

    "This approach has been tried with good results"

    "Test this recipe"

  • Try (verb)

    put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of;

    "The football star was tried for the murder of his wife"

    "The judge tried both father and son in separate trials"

  • Try (verb)

    take a sample of;

    "Try these new crackers"

    "Sample the regional dishes"

  • Try (verb)

    examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process;

    "The jury had heard all the evidence"

    "The case will be tried in California"

  • Try (verb)

    give pain or trouble to;

    "I've been sorely tried by these students"

  • Try (verb)

    test the limits of;

    "You are trying my patience!"

  • Try (verb)

    melt (fat, lard, etc.) in order to separate out impurities;

    "try the yak butter"

    "render fat in a casserole"

  • Try (verb)

    put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice;

    "Try on this sweater to see how it looks"

  • Attempt (noun)

    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something;

    "made an effort to cover all the reading material"

    "wished him luck in his endeavor"

    "she gave it a good try"

  • Attempt (noun)

    the act of attacking;

    "attacks on women increased last year"

    "they made an attempt on his life"

  • Attempt (verb)

    make an effort or attempt;

    "He tried to shake off his fears"

    "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"

    "The police attempted to stop the thief"

    "He sought to improve himself"

    "She always seeks to do good in the world"

  • Attempt (verb)

    enter upon an activity or enterprise

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