attempt

Definitions

  • She bust her old sides in the attempt
    She bust her old sides in the attempt
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v attempt enter upon an activity or enterprise
    • v attempt 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"
    • n attempt the act of attacking "attacks on women increased last year","they made an attempt on his life"
    • n attempt 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The spray WD-40 got its name because there were forty attempts needed before the creation of the "water displacing" substance
    • n Attempt 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. "By his blindness maimed for high attempts ."
    • Attempt 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."
    • v. i Attempt To make an attempt; -- with upon.
    • Attempt 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."
    • Attempt To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt. "It made the laughter of an afternoon
      That Vivien should attempt the blameless king."
    • Attempt 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Since 1978, at least 37 people have died as a result of shaking vending machines, in an attempt to get free merchandise. More than 100 people have been injured
    • attempt To make an effort to effect or do; endeavor to perform; undertake; essay: as, to attempt a bold flight.
    • attempt To venture upon: as, to attempt the sea.—
    • attempt To make trial of; prove; test: as, “well-attempted plate,” Fairfax.
    • attempt To try with afflictions. Jer. Taylor.
    • attempt To endeavor to obtain or attract.
    • attempt To try to win or seduce; tempt; entice.
    • attempt To attack; make an effort against; assail: as, to attempt the enemy's camp; to attempt a person's life.
    • attempt Synonyms Attempt, Essay, Undertake, Endeavor, Strive, Struggle, seek, aim. The italicized words agree in expressing the beginning of a task, physical or intellectual, which is difficult and often impossible. They are arranged in the order of strength. Attempt is to try with some effort. Essay is sometimes to try in order to see if a thing can be done or attained, and sometimes simply to attempt: as, “which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned,” Heb. xi. 29. Undertake is, literally, to take a task upon one's self, perhaps formally, and hence to go about a task with care and effort. Endeavor is to try with more earnestness, labor, or exertion. Strive is to work hard and earnestly, doing one's best. Struggle is to tax one's powers to the extent of fatigue, pain, or exhaustion. The first three words are more appropriate for a single effort, the other three for continuous or continual efforts.
    • n attempt A putting forth of effort in the performance or accomplishment of that which is difficult or uncertain; essay, trial, or endeavor; effort.
    • n attempt An effort to accomplish something by force or violence; an attack or assault: as, an attempt upon one's life.
    • n attempt Temptation.
    • n attempt In law, an act done in part execution of a design to commit a crime. Judge May. Mere solicitation or preparation, without a step taken toward the actual commission, is not a criminal attempt. Synonyms Undertaking, effort, endeavor, enterprise, experiment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1991, during an attempted political coup on Russian President Boris Yelstin, food supplies had dwindled down at the parliament buildings so they ordered Pizza Hut to deliver pizzas
    • v.t Attempt at-temt′ to try or endeavour: to try to obtain: tempt, entice: to make an effort or attack upon
    • v.i Attempt to make an attempt or trial
    • n Attempt a trial: endeavour or effort: a personal assault: :
    • n Attempt (Milton) temptation
    • n Attempt (law) any act which can fairly be described as one of a series which, if uninterrupted and successful, would constitute a crime
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Quotations

  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “One must not attempt to justify them, but rather to sense their nature simply and clearly.”
  • Samuel Smiles
    Samuel%20Smiles
    “The reason why so little is done, is generally because so little is attempted.”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “To put it boldly, it is the attempt at a posterior reconstruction of existence by the process of conceptualization.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
    Vincent%20Van%20Gogh
    “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Mahatma%20Gandhi
    “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we might win, by fearing to attempt.[Measure For Measure]”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

Although in need of repose, none of them attempted to go to sleep.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He whose life had been attempted took Morgan's wounded arm in his hands.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
In 1758, he covered the attempted descent of the English near St. Malo, and died in London a short time after his return.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The danger of southern luxuries had been foreseen and an attempt had been made to provide against it.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Meanwhile the "Confiance" had attempted the same manoeuvre.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
More agreeable, but still more insulting, methods of conversion were also attempted.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
The man made no attempt to explore the ruins.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Rebellion broke out in Piedmont, and an attempt was made to unite the troops of Piedmont with those of Lombardy.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Upon this meagre fire we attempted to cook our food and boil our water (a trying process at great elevations).
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
They have been attempted by various observers.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
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In poetry:

I looked into his awful eyes:
I waited his decree:
I made ingenious attempts
To sit upon his knee.
"Envoy" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
If I attempt the pipe to play,
And catch my Lucy's eye,
The trembling musick dies away,
And melts into a sigh.
"First Love" by Washington Allston
Now is the joy they lived in
All turned to brinish tears,
And resolute attempts to sin
Turn'd into hellish fears.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
Each one some handicraft attempted,
Or holp the willing soil:
None but the agëd were exempted
From communistic toil.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
CLAUDIUS.
Oh! a father's pitying love,
What will it not do, what marvel
Not attempt for a son's welfare,
For his life?
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
When navies tall and proud
Attempt to spoil our peace,
He sends his tempests roaring loud,
And sinks them in the seas.
"Psalm 48 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

During a concert in DC Monday night, pop icon Madonna made a pretty major mistake while attempting to endorse President Barack Obama.
Madonna has attempted to explain her reference to President Barack Obama as a " black Muslim in the White House" onstage at a Washington stop on her MDNA Tour.
' Black Widow ' charged with attempted murder of husband in Cape Breton.
Canadian woman, nicknamed ' Black Widow ,' charged with husband's attempted murder.
Canada's 77-year-old " black widow " charged with attempted murder (VIDEO).
Birkitt, 34, moved into a Manhattan apartment shortly thereafter, leading many to believe the infidelity was a motivating factor as to why Halderman would allegedly attempt to blackmail the married Letterman for $2 million.
You could report their vandalism and attempted blackmail to the police, but you probably don't want to do that to your children's grandparents.
They figured no one in their right mind would even attempt to pull this off.
A Medicaid Buy-Off The Democratic leadership attempts to bribe its way to Obamacare.
Other teachers said they feared Gibbons may have been caught up in an attempt by a disgruntled member of the staff to embarrass the school.
Yes, it's blatantly attempting to capitalize on the success of "American Horror Story".
No matter whether he was with his party on an issue, or attempting to lead them on his course, he was passionate and certain in his beliefs.
Kitsap's Jake Kriebel is picked off on an attempt to steal home in the fourth inning, during Game 8 of the Babe Ruth World Series, Aug 16 at Gene Lobe Fields, Kitsap Fairgrounds.
Pentagon Attempts to Block Book on Afghan War.
United Blood Services will try to make history by forming the largest human blood drop and attempting a record in the UBS 18 state system.
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In science:

In this paper, we attempt to apply this style of conditioning to the other prototype problem, that of Gaussian errors with a bounded physical region.
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals
In this paper, we attempt to apply RW-like conditioning to the other prototype problem, that of Gaussian errors with a bounded physical region.
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals
The reason of considering this last problem is originally related to my attempts to find simple solution of first problem.
Random triangle problem: geometrical approach
Attempts to understand star formation in low surface brightness (LSB) galaxies has resulted in a large number of theories being discarded and few alternatives being offered.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
It is impossible to make any quantitative statements on this issue with the data presented here since we only attempted linear polarization measurements toward one of our sources (W51C).
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
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