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English definition of “attempt”

attempt

noun [C]
 
 
/əˈtempt/
B2 If you make an attempt to do something, you try to do it: This is his second attempt at the exam. [+ to do sth] They closed the road in an attempt to reduce traffic in the city. She made no attempt (= did not try) to be sociable.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
an attempt on sb's life an attempt to kill someoneTrying and making an effortEffort and expending energyMurder and attempted murderKillingKillingMurder and attempted murder
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