Definitions for attemptəˈtɛmpt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to make an effort at; try; undertake:

    to attempt a difficult task.

  2. Archaic. to attack; move against in a hostile manner:

    to attempt a person's life.

  3. Archaic. to tempt.

  4. (n.)an effort made to accomplish something.

  5. an attack or assault:

    an attempt on a person's life.

Origin of attempt:

1350–1400; ME < AF atempter < L attemptāre to test, tamper with. See at -, tempt


Princeton's WordNet

  1. attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try(noun)

    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

    "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"

  2. attack, attempt(verb)

    the act of attacking

    "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"

  3. try, seek, attempt, essay, assay(verb)

    make an effort or attempt

    "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"

  4. undertake, set about, attempt(verb)

    enter upon an activity or enterprise

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. attempt(noun)əˈtɛmpt

    an effort to do sth

    her first attempt at driving; She ran in an attempt to escape.; He made no attempt to speak to me.

  2. attemptəˈtɛmpt

    an effort to kill

    an attempt on sb's life

  3. attempt(verb)əˈtɛmpt

    to try to do sth

    He attempted to rob a grocery store.; to attempt suicide


  1. attempt(Noun)

    The action of trying at something.

  2. attempt(Noun)

    An assault or attack, especially an assassination attempt.

  3. attempt(Verb)

    To try.

  4. Origin: Late 14th century, from atempter, from attempto, from ad + temptare, more correctly tentare; see tempt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attempt(verb)

    to make trial or experiment of; to try; to endeavor to do or perform (some action); to assay; as, to attempt to sing; to attempt a bold flight

  2. Attempt(verb)

    to try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt

  3. Attempt(verb)

    to try to win, subdue, or overcome; as, one who attempts the virtue of a woman

  4. Attempt(verb)

    to attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force; as, to attempt the enemy's camp

  5. Attempt(verb)

    to make an attempt; -- with upon

  6. Attempt(noun)

    a essay, trial, or endeavor; an undertaking; an attack, or an effort to gain a point; esp. an unsuccessful, as contrasted with a successful, effort

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attempt' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1111

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attempt' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3264

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attempt' in Nouns Frequency: #314

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attempt' in Verbs Frequency: #262

Translations for attempt

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a try

They failed in their attempt to climb the Everest; She made no attempt to run away.

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