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attempt

[uh-tempt] /əˈtɛmpt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make an effort at; try; undertake; seek:
to attempt an impossible task; to attempt to walk six miles.
2.
Archaic. to attack; move against in a hostile manner:
to attempt a person's life.
3.
Archaic. to tempt.
noun
4.
an effort made to accomplish something:
He made an attempt to swim across the lake.
5.
an attack or assault:
an attempt upon the leader's life.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French atempter < Latin attemptāre to test, tamper with. See at-, tempt
Related forms
attemptability, noun
attemptable, adjective
attempter, noun
quasi-attempt, verb
reattempt, verb (used with object)
unattemptable, adjective
unattempted, adjective
unattempting, adjective
well-attempted, adjective
Synonyms
1. See try. 4. try, endeavor.
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Examples for attempted
  • They did not find signs that the university had attempted to cover up the accusations, both newspapers reported.
  • Both unions attempted to distance themselves from the violence.
  • At a session later in the day, speakers attempted to define the qualities of a truly global university.
  • The committee's report also says the coaches attempted to mislead investigators.
  • The course never appeared on the transcript as ever attempted.
  • The dean did nothing, and attempted to get the student to run out the clock on filing complaints by tricks.
  • If a panegyric were likely to induce our readers to turn to it for themselves, that panegyric should be attempted here.
  • First: the opinion which it is attempted to suppress by authority may possibly be true.
  • First, he attempted to hunt some sparrows in one of our neighbor's trees but they proved too quick for him.
  • It was even strong enough to have held the dinosaur up if it attempted to climb a tree.
British Dictionary definitions for attempted

attempt

/əˈtɛmpt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make an effort (to do something) or to achieve (something); try
2.
to try to surmount (an obstacle)
3.
to try to climb they will attempt the north wall of the Eiger
4.
(archaic) to attack
5.
(archaic) to tempt
noun
6.
an endeavour to achieve something; effort
7.
a result of an attempt or endeavour
8.
an attack, esp with the intention to kill an attempt on his life
Derived Forms
attemptable, adjective
attempter, noun
Usage note
Attempt should not be used in the passive when followed by an infinitive: attempts were made to find a solution (not a solution was attempted to be found)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French attempter, from Latin attemptāre to strive after, from tentāre to try
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Word Origin and History for attempted
attempt
early 15c., from O.Fr. attempter (14c.), earlier atenter "to try, attempt, test," from L. attemptare "to try" (cf. It. attentare, Port. attentar, Sp. atentar), from ad- "to, upon" + temptare "to try" (see tempt). The noun is first recorded 1530s.
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