Attempt - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈtempt|  American pronunciation of the word attempt
Brit.  |əˈtɛm(p)t|  British pronunciation of the word attempt


- earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something (syn: effort, endeavor, endeavour, try)
- the act of attacking(syn: attack)


- make an effort or attempt(syn: assay, essay, seek, try)
- enter upon an activity or enterprise (syn: undertake)


They've attempted a climb up Mount Everest once before.

She attempted suicide early in their marriage.

She failed her driving test on the first attempt but she succeeded on her second attempt.

Her attempt at a home-cooked meal consisted of frozen fish sticks and a can of soup.

Don't attempt impossibilities.

He attempted the life of the former Prime Minister.

We made an attempt to get in touch with them.

All attempts to control inflation have failed.

The protesters made no attempt to resist arrest.

In an attempt to diffuse the tension I suggested that we break off for lunch.

She passed her driving test at the first attempt.

In this chapter I will attempt to explain what led up to the revolution.

Weather conditions prevented them from attempting the jump.

they made an attempt on his life

The police attempted to stop the thief

Word forms

I/you/we/they: attempt
he/she/it: attempts
present participle: attempting
past tense: attempted
past participle: attempted
singular: attempt
plural: attempts
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