- The definition of an attempt is an effort made to accomplish something.
An example of an attempt is a baby trying to take his first few steps.
- Attempt is defined as to make an effort to do something.
An example of attempt is to try to complete a large jigsaw puzzle in one sitting.
- to make an effort to do, get, have, etc.; try; endeavor
- Archaic to tempt
Origin of attemptMiddle English attempten ; from Old French attempter ; from Classical Latin attemptare, to try, solicit ; from ad-, to + temptare, to try: see tempt
- a try
- an attack, as on a person's life
attempt the life of
transitive verbat·tempt·ed, at·tempt·ing, at·tempts
- To try to perform, make, or achieve: attempted to read the novel in one sitting; attempted a difficult dive.
- Archaic To tempt.
- Archaic To try to seize or get control of by attacking.
- An effort or a try.
- An attack; an assault: an attempt on someone's life.
Origin of attemptMiddle English attempten, from Old French attempter, from Latin attemptāre : ad-, ad- + temptāre, to test.
(third-person singular simple present attempts, present participle attempting, simple past and past participle attempted)
- To try.
- I attempted to sing, but my throat was too hoarse.
- to attempt an escape from prison
- A group of 80 budding mountaineers attempted Kilimanjaro, but 30 of them didn't make it to the top.
- (archaic) To try to win, subdue, or overcome.
- one who attempts the virtue of a woman
- (archaic) To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force.
- to attempt the enemy's camp
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
- Adjectives often applied to "attempt": first, failed, desperate, last, half-hearted, unsuccessful, serious, successful, feeble, new, honest, vain, sincere, ambitious, earnest, clumsy, direct, hard, brilliant, official, useless, clever, sophisticated, amateurish.
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