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.

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