Definitions of attempt

  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"
  2. the act of attacking; " attacks on women increased last year"; " they made an attempt on his life"
  3. 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"
  4. enter upon an activity or enterprise
  5. 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.
  6. To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt.
  7. To try to win, subdue, or overcome; as, one who attempts the virtue of a woman.
  8. To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force; as, to attempt the enemy's camp.
  9. 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.
  10. To make an attempt; - with upon.
  11. To make an effort to accomplish; try; try to win; attack.
  12. A trial or endeavor; an effort to gain a point; an attack.
  13. To try or endeavor: to make an effort or attack upon.
  14. To make an attempt or trial.
  15. A trial: endeavor or effort.
  16. A trial; an effort.
  17. To try; make trial of, or an effort upon.
  18. To make an effort to do or to conquer; endeavor; try; essay.
  19. A trial; endeavor; essay; attack.
  20. An essay, trial, or endeavour; an effort to gain a point; an attack.
  21. To try; to endeavour; to attack; to try to seduce.
  22. To try; to make an effort to accomplish; to endeavour.
  23. An attack; an endeavour to gain a point.

Quotes of attempt

  1. Although Darwin was able to persuade much of the world that a modern eye could be produced gradually from a much simpler structure, he did not even attempt to explain how the simple light sensitive spot that was his starting point actually worked. – Michael Behe
  2. We have to be mindful that there is the certainty that terrorists will attempt to launch multiple attacks against their enemy, which is us and our allies. – Cofer Black
  3. In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. – Miguel de Cervantes
  4. All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman. – Charlie Chaplin
  5. My father was a small -town banker. He became very ill when I was 10 years old, and we went to California three years later in an attempt to recover his health, which never happened. – Warren Christopher
  6. This attempt to isolate cell constituents might have been a failure if they had been destroyed by the relative brutality of the technique employed. But this did not happen. – Albert Claude
  7. Violence against judges and threats of violence against Judges is on the rise and it is no laughing matter. When leaders attempt to rationalize this violence, it only makes the problem worse. – John Conyers
  8. I believed in Bobby Kennedy. Campaigning for him was an attempt to give back something to this country that has given me so much. – Sammy Davis, Jr.
  9. Philosophy is an attempt by man to find cause and effect. Religion has the same goal. – Al Goldstein
  10. Both sides know the last election was just the beginning of the next election. It's clear there has been no attempt to have any kind of getting along. – David Keene
  11. When we hide our failings from others, we seek to hide them from ourselves, and it is in the latter attempt that we are most successful. – Pierre Nicole
  12. Modern sociology is virtually an attempt to take up the larger program of social analysis and interpretation which was implicit in Adam Smith's moral philosophy, but which was suppressed for a century by prevailing interest in the technique of the production of wealth. – Albion W. Small
  13. This is something special. You can attempt to have a kind of non -living music. – Michael Tippett
  14. I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It's ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm. – Mike Tyson
  15. String theory is an attempt at a deeper description of nature by thinking of an elementary particle not as a little point but as a little loop of vibrating string. – Edward Witten

Usage examples for attempt

  1. On the whole, he was glad that he had made no attempt to win over his relatives since his return: it was better that they should judge and vote like the rest of the shareholders. – For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss
  2. He did not attempt to stay her when she walked on. – Joan of Arc of the North Woods by Holman Day
  3. What occasion has Long- ears to attempt to sing? – Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers by W. A. Clouston
  4. It is an attempt in that direction, Sally. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  5. If he be quite real he will seem to attempt to be funny. – Autobiography of Anthony Trollope by Anthony Trollope
  6. The world is an attempt to make the best of both. – The Note-Books of Samuel Butler by Samuel Butler
  7. Well, it will never get across the sea if the attempt is made. – The Boy Allies at Jutland by Robert L. Drake
  8. I never attempt it. – An Orkney Maid by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  9. He'd come straight home- 'adn't made no attempt to run. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  10. And now the third attempt at the lighthouse was to be made by John Smeaton. – The Boyhood of Great Inventors by A. Fraser Robertson
  11. Royson did not attempt to answer him. – The Wheel O' Fortune by Louis Tracy
  12. And I wouldn't want to be in better company for my first attempt either. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930 by Various
  13. It only remains to get our instructions from General Herkimer before makin' the attempt to have speech with those in the fort. – The Minute Boys of the Mohawk Valley by James Otis
  14. At all events he would make the attempt – Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg
  15. Another attempt and the light took. – Wake-Robin by John Burroughs
  16. I did not attempt to speak. – The Guest of Quesnay by Booth Tarkington
  17. And I'm sure that John cannot wish to attempt them to- night. – Poor Relations by Compton Mackenzie
  18. She was not likely to attempt to put anything like that down on paper. – Macleod of Dare by William Black
  19. Ford made no attempt to understand her, any more. – The Uphill Climb by B. M. Bower
  20. It has been a joy to meet you, if only for a little while- a pause in the journey,- an attempt at an understanding! – The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance by Marie Corelli

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