verb (used with object)
- attar of roses,
- attendance allowance
Origin of attempt
Examples from the Web for attempt
In its attempt to discredit the story, the JPO inadvertently confirmed that fact.
Their first attempt to unseat the House speaker failed miserably, so why not try again?
It has a presence, it remains potentially destructive, but all we can do is attempt to marshal it.
It was an attempt to combat a growing chill on free speech in Turkey while placing his newspaper at the center of the debate.
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|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And seeing they did not attempt to run away, they made no matter of it, if they stayed two or three days one with the other.
In these cases the attempt has also been made to nourish by subcutaneous injections of food.
He denied that he was party to the attempt, and paid the necessary fee to the Hanaper for his pardon.William de Colchester|Ernest Harold Pearce
Still Maria lay upon my lap, and still I resisted every attempt that was made to remove her.Beaux and Belles of England|Mary Robinson
All attempt at concealment implies some practice of the opposite, or undivine science, founded on nescience.
Word Origin for attempt
late 14c., from Old French attempter (14c.), earlier atenter "to try, attempt, test," from Latin attemptare "to try" (cf. Italian attentare, Old Provençal, Portuguese attentar, Spanish atentar), from ad- "to, upon" (see ad-) + temptare "to try" (see tempt). Related: Attempted; attempting.
1530s, from attempt (v.). Meaning "effort to accomplish something by violence" is from 1580s, especially as an assault on someone's life.