I try to follow a male friend (5)
I believe the answer is:
'friend' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)
'i try to follow a male' is the wordplay.
'try' becomes 'go' (both can mean an attempt).
'to follow' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'male' becomes 'm' (common abbreviation).
'igo' put after 'am' is 'AMIGO'.
(Other definitions for amigo that I've seen before include "Friend from Spain?", "friend from Barcelona", "Quixote's friend", "Friend, comrade", "buddy abroad?".)