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attempt

verb [T] uk   /əˈtempt/ us  
B1 to try to do something, especially something difficult: [+ to infinitive] He attempted to escape through a window. He attempted a joke, but no one laughed. There's no point in even attempting an explanation - he'll never listen.
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attempt

noun [C] uk   /əˈtempt/ us  
B2 the act of trying to do something, especially something difficult: [+ to infinitive] She made a few half-hearted attempts to join in their conversation. He made no attempt to be sociable. This is my second attempt at the exam. None of our attempts at contacting Dr James was successful. They closed the road in an attempt (= to try to) to reduce traffic in the city.an attempt on sb's life an act of trying to kill someone: This is the third attempt on the President's life.
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an act of trying to score a goal in a game of football: Chelsea had several attempts on goal in the first 15 minutes.
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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