Definition of tried in US English:


  • past and past participle of try


  • attributive Used in various phrases to describe something that has proved effective or reliable before.

    ‘novel applications of tried-and-tested methods’
    ‘a tried-and-true recipe’
    • ‘Sadly, the idea of the game has been tried and tested so many times it seems old hat now.’
    • ‘In 1846 Thoreau climbed a route of his own making, instead of following a tried way, and didn't make it this far.’
    • ‘I know six or seven of the lads who have been tried and tested and the rest of the team look a good set.’
    • ‘The formula is a tried way of expressing satirical disaffection.’