Attempted to read the novel in one sitting; attempted a difficult dive.
An attempt on someone's life.
An example of an attempt is a baby trying to take his first few steps.
An example of attempt is to try to complete a large jigsaw puzzle in one sitting.
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.
One who attempts the virtue of a woman.
To attempt the enemy's camp.
- to try to kill
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Origin of attempt
- Middle English attempten from Old French attempter from Latin attemptāre ad- ad- temptāre to test
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition