[Anglo-French trier to choose, sort, ascertain, examine judicially, from Old French, to choose, sort]
1 : to examine or investigate judicially [no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law "U.S. Constitution amend. VII"] [in all actions tried upon the facts without a jury "Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 52(a)"]
2 : to conduct the trial of
: put on trial [if…the judge before whom the defendant has been tried is unable to perform the duties to be performed by the court after a verdict or finding of guilt "Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 25(b)"]
3 : to participate as lawyer or counsel in the trial of
: bring to trial on behalf of a client [was unqualified to death penalty cases]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.