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attempt

verb  /əˈtempt/ us  
to try to make or do something: [T] The team’s quarterback attempted only 12 passes during the entire game. [+ to infinitive] Don’t attempt to do these tricks at home.

attempt

noun [C]  /əˈtemt/ us  
the act of trying to make or do something: [+ to infinitive] The pilot made several attempts to regain control of the aircraft. An attempt on someone’s life is an act of trying to kill that person: a failed attempt on the president’s life
Translations of “attempt”
in Korean -을 시도하다…
in Arabic يُحاوِل…
in French tenter, s’attaquer à…
in Turkish teşebbüs, girişim, deneme…
in Italian tentare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 努力,嘗試(尤指做難事)…
in Russian попытка…
in Polish próba…
in Spanish intentar, tratar de…
in Portuguese tentar…
in German versuchen…
in Catalan intentar…
in Japanese (~しようと)試みる, 企てる…
in Chinese (Simplified) 努力,尝试(尤指做难事)…
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