Definitions for: Attempt

[n] the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"
[n] 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"
[v] enter upon an activity or enterprise
[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: At*tempt" (?; 215), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attempted;
p. pr. & vb. n. Attempting.] [OF. atenter, also spelt
atempter, F. attenter, fr. L. attentare to attempt; ad +
tentare, temptare, to touch, try, v. intens. of tendere to
stretch. See Tempt, and cf. Attend.]
1. 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.

Something attempted, something done, Has earned a
night's repose. --Longfellow.

2. To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by
temptations; to tempt. [Obs. or Archaic]

It made the laughter of an afternoon That Vivien
should attempt the blameless king. --Thackeray.

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

Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further: Take
some remembrance of us, as a tribute. --Shak.

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

Without attempting his adversary's life. --Motley.

Syn: See Try.

At*tempt", v. i.
To make an attempt; -- with upon. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.

At*tempt", n.
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.

By his blindness maimed for high attempts. --Milton.

Attempt to commit a crime (Law), such an intentional
preparatory act as will apparently result, if not
extrinsically hindered, in a crime which it was designed
to effect. --Wharton.

Syn: Attempt, Endeavor, Effort, Exertion, Trial.

Usage: These words agree in the idea of calling forth our
powers into action. Trial is the generic term; it
denotes a putting forth of one's powers with a view to
determine what they can accomplish; as, to make trial
of one's strength. An attempt is always directed to
some definite and specific object; as, ``The attempt,
and not the deed, confounds us.'' --Shak. An endeavor
is a continued attempt; as, ``His high endeavor and
his glad success.'' --Cowper. Effort is a specific
putting forth of strength in order to carry out an
attempt. Exertion is the putting forth or active
exercise of any faculty or power. ``It admits of all
degrees of effort and even natural action without
effort.'' --C. J. Smith. See Try.

Synonyms: assay, attack, effort, endeavor, endeavour, essay, seek, set about, try, try, undertake

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