verb (used with object)
Origin of attempt
Synonyms for attempt
Related Words for attemptshot, bid, try, attack, experiment, pursuit, endeavor, struggle, pursue, tackle, seek, solicit, undertake, exertion, lick, fling, undertaking, workout, tryout, header
Examples from the Web for attempt
Contemporary Examples of attempt
In its attempt to discredit the story, the JPO inadvertently confirmed that fact.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
January 8, 2015
Their first attempt to unseat the House speaker failed miserably, so why not try again?The YOLO Caucus' New Cry for Attention
January 4, 2015
It has a presence, it remains potentially destructive, but all we can do is attempt to marshal it.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
It was an attempt to combat a growing chill on free speech in Turkey while placing his newspaper at the center of the debate.Turkey Arrests Journalists in Crackdown
December 14, 2014
Answer to the last one: trans people are ten times more likely to attempt suicide than non-trans people.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
Historical Examples of attempt
To attempt it finds no support in the principles of our Constitution.
As to some of the others, I cannot wonder at any thing they do, or attempt to do, where self is concerned.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
It was not soon that he risked an attempt to please her with a song of his own.Weighed and Wanting
Those of us who have no form of pietism feel cut off from making the attempt at all.
And in making this attempt I must write from my own experience.
Word Origin for attempt
1530s, from attempt (v.). Meaning "effort to accomplish something by violence" is from 1580s, especially as an assault on someone's life.