Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of attacking
    they made an attempt on his life
  2. (noun, act) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    wished him luck in his endeavor
    she gave it a good try
  3. (verb, creation) enter upon an activity or enterprise
  4. (verb, social) make an effort or attempt
    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

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Attempt

  1. 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. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Attempt

adenopathy, attempted

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