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Meaning of “attempt” in the English Dictionary

"attempt" in British English

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attemptverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈtempt/
B1 to ​try to do something, ​especially something ​difficult: [+ to infinitive] He attempted toescape 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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attemptnoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈtempt/
B2 the ​act of ​trying to do something, ​especially something ​difficult: [+ to infinitive] She made a few ​half-hearted attempts tojoin in ​theirconversation. He made no attempt to be ​sociable. This is my second attempt at the ​exam. None of ​our attempts atcontacting Dr James was ​successful. They ​closed the ​road in an attempt (= to ​try to) to ​reducetraffic 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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(Definition of attempt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"attempt" in American English

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attemptverb

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

attemptnoun [C]

 us   /əˈtemt/
the ​act of ​trying to make or do something: [+ to infinitive] The ​pilot made several attempts to ​regaincontrol 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
(Definition of attempt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “attempt”
in Korean -을 시도하다…
in Arabic يُحاوِل…
in Malaysian mencuba…
in French tenter, s’attaquer à…
in Russian попытка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 努力,嘗試(尤指做難事)…
in Italian tentare…
in Turkish teşebbüs, girişim, deneme…
in Polish próba…
in Spanish intentar, tratar de…
in Vietnamese cố gắng…
in Portuguese tentar…
in Thai พยายาม…
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)…
in Indonesian mencoba…
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