What does attempt mean?

Definitions for attempt
əˈtɛmptat·tempt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, trynoun

    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, attemptverb

    the act of attacking

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

  3. try, seek, attempt, essay, assayverb

    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, attemptverb

    enter upon an activity or enterprise

Wiktionary

  1. attemptnoun

    The action of trying at something.

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

  2. attemptnoun

    An assault or attack, especially an assassination attempt.

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

  3. attemptverb

    To try.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attemptverb

    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. Attemptverb

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

  3. Attemptverb

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

  4. Attemptverb

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

  5. Attemptverb

    to make an attempt; -- with upon

  6. Attemptnoun

    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

Freebase

  1. Attempt

    Attempt in criminal law is an offense that occurs when a person comes dangerously close to carrying out a criminal act, and intends to commit the act, but does not in fact commit it. The person may have carried out all the necessary steps but still failed, or the attempt may have been abandoned or prevented at a late stage. The attempt must have gone beyond mere planning or preparation, and is distinct from other Inchoate offenses such as conspiracy to commit a crime or solicitation of a crime. There are many specific crimes of attempt, such as attempted murder, which may vary by jurisdiction. Punishment is often less severe than would be the case if the attempted crime had been carried out. Abandonment of the attempt may constitute a not guilty defence, depending partly on the extent to which the attempt was abandoned freely and voluntarily. Early common law did not punish attempts; the law of attempt was not recognised by common law until the case of b. Rex v. Scofield in 1784. The essence of the crime of attempt in legal terms is that the defendant has failed to commit the actus reus of the full offense, but has the direct and specific intent to commit that full offense.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attempt

    at-temt′, v.t. to try or endeavour: to try to obtain: tempt, entice: to make an effort or attack upon.—v.i. to make an attempt or trial.—n. a trial: endeavour or effort: a personal assault: (Milton) temptation: (law) any act which can fairly be described as one of a series which, if uninterrupted and successful, would constitute a crime.—n. Attemptabil′ity.—adj. Attempt′able, that may be attempted.—n. Attempt′er (Milton), a tempter. [O. Fr. atempter—L. attentāread, and tem-pt, tentāre, to try—tendĕre, to stretch.]

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

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

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attempt in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attempt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of attempt in a Sentence

  1. Jay Inslee:

    Our state has been left in the dark about the Administration's latest scheme, we've seen the news reports but have yet to hear from them in person. This effort is just the latest attempt at an end run around Washington's authority to safeguard the health and safety of our people.

  2. Alfredo Romero:

    This is an important first step, but make no mistake, its also an attempt by Maduro to gain legitimacy with the international community, its not in itself going to change the governments willingness to improve conditions.

  3. Nancy Saslow:

    His life is work, he’s had several jobs in prison. He works at construction, he works at a number of other things. He facilitates a men’s group, which is more or less a hospice group… He paints a great deal. His paintings are quite extraordinary, especially for someone who is untrained. However, Saslow made it clear Erik's attempt to move on doesn't eliminate the fact he commited a terrible crime against his own parents. I don’t want to paint him as Saint Erik, but I will tell you, this is someone I have heard the California Department of Corrections [say] they have no problems with [him]… basically a model prisoner, she said. I think he does what he can… to find some sort of peace.

  4. Frank Ryan:

    Members should attempt to come to the floor within the 15-minute period as prescribed by the first ring of the bells, as a point of courtesy to each of your colleagues, voting within the allotted time would help with the maintenance of the institution.

  5. President Trump:

    You know it's interesting, Robert Mueller was a god to the Democrats, was a god to them until Robert Mueller said there was no collusion. They don't like Robert Mueller so much right now. The crazy attempt by the Democrat Party and the fake news media right back there and the deep state to overturn the results of the 2016 election have failed.

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  • محاولةArabic
  • спрабавацьBelarusian
  • пробвам, проба, опит, опитвамBulgarian
  • temptativaCatalan, Valencian
  • pokus, zkusitCzech
  • forsøge, prøve, forsøgDanish
  • Bestrebung, Versuch, Anschlag, versuchen, Bestreben, AttentatGerman
  • απόπειρα, προσπαθώ, επιχειρώ, αποπειρώμαι, προσπάθειαGreek
  • provoEsperanto
  • atentado, ensayo, tratar, tentativa, intentar, intentoSpanish
  • katse, katsetama, proovima, tapmiskatse, üritamaEstonian
  • yrittää, murhayritys, koettaa, yritys, päällekarkaus, hyökkäysFinnish
  • tentative, essayer, tenter, attentatFrench
  • ionsaí, ionsaighIrish
  • feuchainn, feuchScottish Gaelic
  • ניסה, ניסיוןHebrew
  • कोशिश, कोशिश करनाHindi
  • niat, usaha, coba, upayaIndonesian
  • tentativo, provare, tentare, attentare, attentato, sforzo, cercareItalian
  • 試み, 試みる, 試すJapanese
  • тажрыйба, тырышуу, аракет кылуу, аракет, сынам, кол салууKyrgyz
  • conor, conatusLatin
  • mēģinājums, mēģinātLatvian
  • pogen, probeersel, proberen, poging, aanslagDutch
  • prøve, forsøke, angrep, forsøkNorwegian
  • próba, próbować, podejście, spróbowaćPolish
  • tentar, atentado, tentativaPortuguese
  • опыт, попытка, пробовать, покушение, постараться, стараться, пытаться, проба, попробовать, попытатьсяRussian
  • pokušaj, покушајSerbo-Croatian
  • pokúšať sa, pokúsiť saSlovak
  • försök, försökaSwedish
  • ప్రయత్నించు, ప్రయత్నంTelugu
  • пробувати, намагатися, спробаUkrainian
  • کوشش, کوشش کرناUrdu
  • thửVietnamese
  • steifülönVolapük

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  • Chad Simons
    I FEEL THAT IN LAW ATTEMPTTO DO SOMETHING SHOULD NOT BE A CRIME, EITHER YOU DID IT OR YOU DID NOT DO IT, THINKING ABOUT DOING SOMETHING, OR ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING AND EVEN BEING ALMOST AT THE END OF SOMETHING THEN HAVE NOT FINISHED THE TASK IS NOT A CRIME, FOR EXSAMPLE, IF YOU PICKED UP A PEN AND STARTED TO WRITE A BAD CHECK AND EVEN HAD WROTE YOUR NAME ON IT BUT THEN DECIDED THAT YOU WOULD GET IN TROUBLE AND TORE THE CHECK UP THAT IS NOT A CRIME, NOW FOR OTHER CASES LIKE ATTEMT TO MURRDER IS SOMETHING YOU CAN GET ATTEMPT OUT OF, FOR EXSAMPLE: WHEN YOU WALK UP TO SOMEONE AND STICK A KNIFE IN SOMEONES CHEST THATS TAKING THE BIGGEST CHANCE OF THAT PERSON TO DIE, SO THERE IS WHERE U GET ATTEMPT. THEY NEED TO GET THEIR LAWS IN ORDER AND STOP CHARGING PEOPLE WITH BULL CRAP.... 
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