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Meaning & Definition of Attempt in English

English

Attempt

/ətɛmpt/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • attempt
  • ,
  • effort
  • ,
  • endeavor
  • ,
  • endeavour
  • ,
  • try

2. The act of attacking

  • "Attacks on women increased last year"
  • "They made an attempt on his life"
    synonym:
  • attack
  • ,
  • attempt

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • try
  • ,
  • seek
  • ,
  • attempt
  • ,
  • essay
  • ,
  • assay

2. Enter upon an activity or enterprise

    synonym:
  • undertake
  • ,
  • set about
  • ,
  • attempt

Examples of using

The Allies made a very unconvincing attempt to help the Russians.
Despite the government’s protection, he was the victim of an assassination attempt which killed him.
He gave up the attempt in despair.