verb (used with object)
- attar of roses,
- attendance allowance
Origin of attempt
Examples from the Web for attempted
It was the year that Kim Kardashian attempted to break the Internet with hers.Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014|Kevin Fallon|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After he allegedly unloaded on the cops, Brinsley attempted to make a getaway to a nearby subway.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are legitimate criticisms of the study, but not because it includes “attempted forced kissing,” as Lowry suggested.
More importantly, the “one in five” number does not include “attempted” sexual assaults.
But privately, according to Trierweiler, Hollande slithered back and attempted to rekindle the mortally wounded relationship.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex|Lizzie Crocker|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The attempted suppression of his trade by the Egyptian Government drove him naturally into opposition.The River War|Winston S. Churchill
Eagle-head saw that, unless he made a desperate effort, he would be lost, and he attempted it.The Tiger-Slayer|Gustave Aimard
Nay,” as Kenyon attempted to speak again, “I cannot hear you further.Zero the Slaver|Lawrence Fletcher
Kentucky attempted to remain neutral at the outbreak of the war.Kentucky's Famous Feuds and Tragedies|Chas. G Mutzenberg
The majesty of the scene grew upon me as I gazed, and presently hand went to camera that some record of it might be attempted.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled|Hudson Stuck
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.