(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
Late 14th century, from Old French atempter, from Latin attemptō (“I try, solicit”), from ad (“to”) + temptare, more correctly tentare (“to try”); see tempt. The noun is from the 1530s, the sense "an assault on somebody's life, assassination attempt" (French attentat) is from 1580.