attempt

[ uh-tempt ]
/ əˈtɛmpt /

verb (used with object)

to make an effort at; try; undertake; seek: to attempt an impossible task; to attempt to walk six miles.
Archaic. to attack; move against in a hostile manner: to attempt a person's life.
Archaic. to tempt.

noun

an effort made to accomplish something: He made an attempt to swim across the lake.
an attack or assault: an attempt upon the leader's life.

Nearby words

  1. attar,
  2. attar of roses,
  3. attawapiskat,
  4. attelet,
  5. attemper,
  6. attempted,
  7. attenborough,
  8. attend,
  9. attendance,
  10. attendance allowance

Origin of attempt

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French atempter < Latin attemptāre to test, tamper with. See at-, tempt

SYNONYMS FOR attempt
1. See try. 4. try, endeavor.

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British Dictionary definitions for attempted

attempt

/ (əˈtɛmpt) /

verb (tr)

noun

Derived Formsattemptable, adjectiveattempter, noun

Word Origin for attempt

C14: from Old French attempter, from Latin attemptāre to strive after, from tentāre to try

usage

Attempt should not be used in the passive when followed by an infinitive: attempts were made to find a solution (not a solution was attempted to be found)

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Word Origin and History for attempted
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