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Definition of "attempt" []

  • To try to perform, make, or achieve: attempted to read the novel in one sitting; attempted a difficult dive. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To tempt. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To attack with the intention of subduing. (verb-transitive)
  • An effort or a try. (noun)
  • An attack; an assault: an attempt on someone's life. (noun)
  • To make an effort (to do something) or to achieve (something); try (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To try to surmount (an obstacle) (verb)
  • To try to climb (verb)
  • To attack (verb)
  • To tempt (verb)
  • An endeavour to achieve something; effort (noun)
  • A result of an attempt or endeavour (noun)
  • An attack, esp with the intention to kill (noun)

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Use "attempt" in a sentence
  • "He was unhappily deceived in his attempt, which certainly would have been confidered as an a£t of conlum* mate bravery, had it been fuppofed, within the bounds o£ poiTibility, for fortune to have favoured his attempt* That not being the cafe, thole who would have rejoiced in the former iniiance When beftowing on him that tribute of applaufe juftly due to a gallant a£t, were compelled to be content with the fileni tear of compaflSon for the unhappjr fate of a raih and defperate man."
  • "By shutting down all discussion, those who use the term attempt to create a Mannichean divide that actually lessens the chance that those they are discussing things with will be likely to hear, understand, and possibly accept theirviews."
  • "By shutting down all discussion, those who use the term attempt to creat a Mannichean divide that actually lessens the chance that those they are discussing things with will be likely to hear, understansd, and possibly accept theirviews."