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NOUN (2)

1. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something;
- Example: "made an effort to cover all the reading material"
- Example: "wished him luck in his endeavor"
- Example: "she gave it a good try"
[syn: attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try]

2. the act of attacking;
- Example: "attacks on women increased last year"
- Example: "they made an attempt on his life"
[syn: attack, attempt]


VERB (2)

1. make an effort or attempt;
- Example: "He tried to shake off his fears"
- Example: "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"
- Example: "The police attempted to stop the thief"
- Example: "He sought to improve himself"
- Example: "She always seeks to do good in the world"
[syn: try, seek, attempt, essay, assay]

2. enter upon an activity or enterprise;
[syn: undertake, set about, attempt]


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. [1913 Webster] Something attempted, something done, Has earned a night's repose. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 2. To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt. [Obs. or Archaic] [1913 Webster] It made the laughter of an afternoon That Vivien should attempt the blameless king. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 3. To try to win, subdue, or overcome; as, one who attempts the virtue of a woman. [1913 Webster] Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further: Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force; as, to attempt the enemy's camp. [1913 Webster] Without attempting his adversary's life. --Motley. [1913 Webster] Syn: See Try. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Attempt \At*tempt"\, v. i. To make an attempt; -- with upon. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Attempt \At*tempt"\, n. 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. [1913 Webster] By his blindness maimed for high attempts. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Attempt to commit a crime (Law), such an intentional preparatory act as will apparently result, if not extrinsically hindered, in a crime which it was designed to effect. --Wharton. [1913 Webster] Syn: Attempt, Endeavor, Effort, Exertion, Trial. Usage: These words agree in the idea of calling forth our powers into action. Trial is the generic term; it denotes a putting forth of one's powers with a view to determine what they can accomplish; as, to make trial of one's strength. An attempt is always directed to some definite and specific object; as, "The attempt, and not the deed, confounds us." --Shak. An endeavor is a continued attempt; as, "His high endeavor and his glad success." --Cowper. Effort is a specific putting forth of strength in order to carry out an attempt. Exertion is the putting forth or active exercise of any faculty or power. "It admits of all degrees of effort and even natural action without effort." --C. J. Smith. See Try. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

attempt n 1: 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" [syn: attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try] 2: the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life" [syn: attack, attempt] v 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" [syn: try, seek, attempt, essay, assay] 2: enter upon an activity or enterprise [syn: undertake, set about, attempt]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

118 Moby Thesaurus words for "attempt": accept, affair, aim to, approach, assault, assay, assume, attack, attempt to, begin, beginning, bid, buckle to, business, care, chance, commence, commencement, commitment, contract, crack, dare, dare to, deal, effort, embark in, embark upon, endeavor, engage, engage in, engagement, enter on, enter upon, enterprise, essay, experiment, fall into, fall to, fling, gambit, get under way, go, go about, go at, go in for, go into, go upon, hassle, have at, hazard, inaugurate, initiate, initiation, launch forth, launch into, lay about, lick, lift a finger, make an attempt, make an effort, make bold, make free, move, move into, obligation, offer, operation, pains, pitch into, plan, plunge into, presume, pretend, pretend to, proceed to, program, project, proposition, seek, seek to, set about, set at, set forward, set going, set to, shot, shy, stab, start, step, strive, strive to, striving, stroke, strong bid, struggle, study to, tackle, take on, take the liberty, take up, task, tentative, trial, trial and error, trouble, try, try and, try to, turn to, undertake, undertaking, venture, venture on, venture to, venture upon, whack, work
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

ATTEMPT, criminal law. An attempt to commit a crime, is an endeavor to accomplish it, carried beyond mere preparation, but falling short of execution of the ultimate design, in any part of it. 2. Between preparations and attempts to commit a crime, the distinction is in many cases, very indeterminate. A man who buys poison for the purpose of committing a murder, and mixes it in the food intended for his victim, and places it on a table where he may take it, will or will not be guilty of an attempt to poison, from the simple circumstance of his taking back the poisoned food before or after the victim has had an opportunity to take it; for if immediately on putting it down, he should take it up, and, awakened to a just consideration of the enormity of the crime, destroy it, this would amount only to preparations and certainly if before he placed it on the table, or before he mixed the poison with the food, he had repented of his intention there would have been no attempt to commit a crime; the law gives this as a locus penitentiae. An attempt to commit a crime is a misdemeanor; and an attempt to commit a misdemeanor, is itself a misdemeanor. 1 Russ. on Cr. 44; 2 East, R. 8; 3 Pick. R. 26; 3 Benth. Ev. 69; 6 C. & P. 368.