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try out

1. verb To try, use, or consider something in order to make a decision or form an opinion about it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "try" and "out." The whole point of test driving a car is to try it out and see if you feel comfortable in it. Too hungry for a regular burger? Then try out our new "Ultra Burger," with eight beef patties!
2. verb To perform before an evaluator in order to be selected for a particular role or position, such as on an athletic team. I'm planning to try out for the basketball team, so I'm going to try to practice every day this summer.
3. noun A process in which one performs before an evaluator in order to be selected for a particular role or position, such as on an athletic team. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word, and is sometimes pluralized ("tryouts"). The band's drummer just quit, so they're having an open tryout to select a replacement. Hey, I didn't see you at tryouts today. You didn't get cut, did you?
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try someone or something out

to test someone or something for a while; to sample the performance of someone or something. We will try her out in the editorial department and see how she does. We will try out this employee in another department for a while.
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try out (for something)

to audition for a part in some performance or other activity requiring skill. I intend to try out for the play. I'm going to try out, too.
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try out

1. Undergo a qualifying test, as for an athletic team. For example, I'm trying out for the basketball team. [Mid-1900s]
2. Test or use experimentally, as in They're trying out new diesels, or We're trying out this new margarine. [Late 1800s]
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try out

v.
1. To undergo a competitive qualifying test, as for a job or athletic team: Thirty students tried out for the soccer team, but only twenty were chosen.
2. To test or use something experimentally: Have you tried out the new automated banking system yet? I tried a new brand of toothpaste out, and I really like it.
See also: out, try
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This weekend the Scottish Claymores will hold their national player try-outs at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow.
"Our scouts are looking for people to register for the national round of try-outs next month but this was a wasted night.
Anyone can go along to the try-outs but if you do want to take part, you must currently be in school year four.
Since Hollie's early arrival on January 23, Amanda has missed try-outs in Cardiff, Blackpool and London where Carmen Electra was a guest judge.
After the Glasgow try-outs, the judges will head south to Newcastle, Cardiff and London.
She will miss the London auditions but will definitely be at Birmingham later this month and could even make the Edinburgh try-outs a week today.
GRID: The Scottish Claymores postponed this weekend's national player try-outs in London and Glasgow until October 13 and 14 as a mark of respect for the victims of Tuesday's tragedy in America.
GRID IRON: Scottish Claymores coach Gene Dahlquist will host the team's player try-outs at Firhill on October 28 and at London's Crystal Palace the following day.
BASKETBALL: Scots Ike Attah, Keith Bunyan (Falkirk Fury), Stuart Glass (Paisley) and Campbell Flockhart (Edinburgh Burger Kings) have been given try-outs for Edinburgh Rocks in the Star of the Sea Invitation Tournament in Belfast this weekend.
He was photographed at the try-outs and now faces the sack from his pounds 300-a-week job.
GRID IRON: Scottish Claymores coach Jim Criner is on the lookout for new stars at today's player try-outs at Meadowmill.
Before taking her chances at the Dublin try-outs, Mary was also a pub singer and she regularly sang with her brother in their band, the Tommy Lee Experience in the Shamrock Lodge in Dublin's Finglas.
GRID: World League champions Scottish Claymores will hold their national player try-outs on Saturday, October 12, at Strathclyde University.
West Brom will not stand in Bataille's way should he decide to move on, with coach Tim Rudge even working behind the scenes to secure professional level try-outs for the young forward.
Pre season training / try-outs starts for the men on Tuesday, July 16, from 7-9pm and the Juniors on Friday, July 19, at Middlesbrough college from 6.30-8.30pm.