What is the meaning of attempt?


  • Earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something.
    • usage: "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"
  • The act of attacking.
    • usage: "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"


  • Make an effort or attempt.
    • usage: "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"
  • Enter upon an activity or enterprise.
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APAWordNet. (2010). attempt. Retrieved February 16, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/attempt/definitions/1192081
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "attempt" http://smartdefine.org/attempt/definitions/1192081 (accessed February 16, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, attempt, Smart Define, viewed 16 February, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/attempt/definitions/1192081>.
MLAWordNet. "attempt" 23 October 2010. Web. 16 February 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/attempt/definitions/1192081>
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