What is try?

  • (verb): Put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of.
    Synonyms: judge, adjudicate
    See also — Additional definitions below


A try is the major way of scoring points in rugby league and rugby union football. A try is scored by grounding the ball in the opposition's in-goal area (on or behind the goal line). Rugby union and league differ slightly in defining 'grounding the ball' and the 'in-goal' area.

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More definitions of "try":

  • (noun): Earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something.
    Example: "She gave it a good try"
    Synonyms: attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour
  • (verb): Take a sample of.
    Example: "Try these new crackers"
    Synonyms: sample, try out, taste
  • (verb): Melt (fat, lard, etc.) in order to separate out impurities.
    Example: "Try the yak butter"
    Synonyms: render
  • (verb): Put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice.
    Example: "Try on this sweater to see how it looks"
    Synonyms: try on
  • (verb): Give pain or trouble to.
    Example: "I've been sorely tried by these students"
  • (verb): Examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process.
    Synonyms: hear