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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
Translations of “attempt”
in Korean 시도…
in Arabic مُحاوَلة…
in French attentat…
in Turkish teşebbüs, girişim, deneme…
in Italian tentativo…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指為完成難事而進行的)努力,嘗試…
in Russian попытка…
in Polish próba…
in Spanish atentado…
in Portuguese tentativa…
in German das Attentat…
in Catalan intent…
in Japanese 試み, 企て…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指为完成难事而进行的)努力,尝试…
(Definition of attempt noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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