1. tried unsuccessfully
; - Example: "attempted murder"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Attempt \At*tempt"\ (?; 215), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attempted;
p. pr. & vb. n. Attempting.] [OF. atenter, also spelt
atempter, F. attenter, fr. L. attentare to attempt; ad +
tentare, temptare, to touch, try, v. intens. of tendere to
stretch. See Tempt, and cf. Attend.]
1. 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.
Something attempted, something done,
Has earned a night's repose. --Longfellow.
2. To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by
temptations; to tempt. [Obs. or Archaic]
It made the laughter of an afternoon
That Vivien should attempt the blameless king.
3. To try to win, subdue, or overcome; as, one who attempts
the virtue of a woman.
Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further:
Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute. --Shak.
4. To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to
take by force; as, to attempt the enemy's camp.
Without attempting his adversary's life. --Motley.
Syn: See Try.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: tried unsuccessfully; "attempted murder"