Definition of trying in US English:



  • Difficult or annoying; hard to endure.

    ‘it had been a very trying day’
    • ‘A trying, testing, history lesson maybe - but one that yields an abundance of rewards.’
    • ‘Singaporeans are going through difficult and trying times in varying ways.’
    • ‘Seriously though, can anyone this side of the Orion belt say they did not expect a difficult and trying season?’
    • ‘This week he said he was beginning to renew his love of the game after the trying period he has endured.’
    stressful, difficult, taxing, demanding, tough, hard, heavy
    annoying, irritating, exasperating, maddening, infuriating
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