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[trahy-out] /ˈtraɪˌaʊt/
a trial or test to ascertain fitness for some purpose.
Theater. performances of a play in preparation for an official opening, often taking place away from a major theatrical center.
1900-05, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase try out Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tryout
  • All new students must attend a tryout in order to participate in the program.
  • We strongly recommend all new students prepare for the swim tryout several weeks before attending.
  • Team manager's post their team registration and tryout information periodically.
  • Applicants must satisfactorily complete all tryout events to be eligible for further consideration.
  • All participants are required to attend one of the two-tryout dates listed below.
  • Registration forms will be available at the tryout night.
  • The officers attend a three-day tryout that consists of physical activity and agility testing.
  • If you are not sure if you can meet this requirement please come tryout during the first week.
  • In a job tryout, applicants are generally hired with minimal screening of their qualifications and are given an evaluation period.
  • When possible, be lenient with tryout dates and admission cut-offs.
British Dictionary definitions for tryout

try out

verb (adverb)
(transitive) to test or put to experimental use: I'm going to try the new car out
(US & Canadian) when intr, usually foll by for. (of an athlete, actor, etc) to undergo a test or to submit (an athlete, actor, etc) to a test to determine suitability for a place in a team, an acting role, etc
(mainly US & Canadian) a trial or test, as of an athlete or actor
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Word Origin and History for tryout

also try-out, by 1900, from phrase to try out "to examine, test," attested by 1785.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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