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Verb: attempt  u'tem(p)t
  1. Make an effort to accomplish something
    "The police attempted to stop the thief";
    - try, seek, essay, assay
  2. Enter upon an activity or enterprise
    - undertake, set about
Noun: attempt  u'tem(p)t
  1. Earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    "made an attempt to cover all the reading material";
    - effort, endeavor [US], endeavour [Brit, Cdn], try
  2. The act of attacking
    "they made an attempt on his life";
    - attack

Derived forms: attempted, attempts, attempting

See also: examine

Type of: act, activity, crime, criminal offence [Brit, Cdn], criminal offense [US], initiate, law-breaking, move, pioneer

Encyclopedia: Attempt