attempt

  • 1 attempt — at·tempt n: the crime of having the intent to commit and taking action in an effort to commit a crime that fails or is prevented – called also criminal attempt; see also impossibility ◇ There is no settled answer to how close to completing a… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 attempt — vb Attempt, try, endeavor, essay, strive, struggle as verbs mean to make an effort to do something that may or may not be successful and as nouns (the single exception in form being striving) mean the effort made to accomplish such an end.… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Attempt — At*tempt , n. A essay, trial, or endeavor; an undertaking; an attack, or an effort to gain a point; esp. an unsuccessful, as contrasted with a successful, effort. [1913 Webster] By his blindness maimed for high attempts. Milton. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Attempt — At*tempt (?; 215), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attempted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Attempting}.] [OF. atenter, also spelt atempter, F. attenter, fr. L. attentare to attempt; ad + tentare, temptare, to touch, try, v. intens. of tendere to stretch. See {Tempt},… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Attempt — At*tempt , v. i. To make an attempt; with upon. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 attempt — [n] try, effort all one’s got*, attack, bid*, crack*, dry run*, endeavor, exertion, experiment, fling, go, header*, lick*, one’s all, one’s darnedest*, one’s level best*, pursuit, shot, stab, striving, struggle, trial, try, tryout, undertaking,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 attempt — [ə tempt′] vt. [ME attempten < OFr attempter < L attemptare, to try, solicit < ad , to + temptare, to try: see TEMPT] 1. to make an effort to do, get, have, etc.; try; endeavor 2. Archaic to tempt n. 1. a try 2. an attack, as on a person …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 attempt — ► VERB ▪ make an effort to achieve or complete (something). ► NOUN ▪ an act of attempting. ORIGIN Latin attemptare, from temptare to tempt …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 attempt — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ successful ▪ abortive, botched, failed, fruitless, futile, ill fated, misguided, unsuccessful …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 Attempt — This article is about the crime of attempt. For other uses, see wikt:attempt …

    Wikipedia

  • 11 attempt — I n. 1) to make an attempt 2) to foil, thwart an attempt 3) an abortive, fruitless, futile, vain; all out, concerted, last ditch; bold, brazen, daring; crude; deliberate; feeble, halfhearted, weak; first; premature; successful attempt; repeated… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 attempt */*/*/ — I UK [əˈtempt] / US noun [countable] Word forms attempt : singular attempt plural attempts 1) an effort to do something one last desperate attempt The government has made no attempt to avert the crisis. attempt on: an attempt on the world record… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 attempt — at|tempt1 W1S2 [əˈtempt] n 1.) an act of trying to do something, especially something difficult attempt to do sth ▪ All attempts to control inflation have failed. ▪ The protesters made no attempt to resist arrest. ▪ his first unsuccessful attempt …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 attempt — at|tempt1 [ ə tempt ] noun count *** an effort to do something: one last desperate attempt The government has made no attempt to avert the crisis. attempt on: an attempt on the world record attempt at: It s his fourth attempt at flying a balloon… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 attempt — [[t]əte̱mpt[/t]] ♦ attempts, attempting, attempted 1) VERB If you attempt to do something, especially something difficult, you try to do it. [V to inf] The only time that we attempted to do something like that was in the city of Philadelphia...… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 attempt — 01. He was killed while [attempting] to cross the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon. 02. Sony Corp. has begun an aggressive new marketing campaign in an [attempt] to become the number one seller of VCRs in North America. 03. The youth made an… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17 attempt — 1 noun (C) 1 an act of trying to do something, especially something difficult: attempt to do sth: All attempts to control inflation have failed. (+ at): He made one last attempt at the world record. | make no attempt: The protestors made no… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 attempt — I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French & Latin; Anglo French attempter, from Latin attemptare, from ad + temptare to touch, try more at tempt Date: 14th century 1. to make an effort to do, accomplish, solve, or effect <… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 attempt — attemptability, n. attemptable, adj. attempter, n. /euh tempt /, v.t. 1. to make an effort at; try; undertake; seek: to attempt an impossible task; to attempt to walk six miles. 2. Archaic. to attack; move against in a hostile manner: to attempt… …

    Universalium

  • 20 attempt — {{11}}attempt (n.) 1530s, from ATTEMPT (Cf. attempt) (v.). Meaning effort to accomplish something by violence is from 1580s, especially as an assault on someone s life. {{12}}attempt (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. attempter (14c.), earlier atenter to …

    Etymology dictionary


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