Meaning of “attempt” - Learner’s Dictionary

attempt

verb [ T ] us uk /əˈtempt/
He attempted a joke but no one laughed.He attemped suicide in his twenties.I attempted to explain the difference.She then attempted to rescue the situation.I attempted, unsuccessfully, to stop the flow of water.

B1 to try to do something, especially something difficult:

[ + to do sth ] He attempted to escape through a window.

(Definition of “attempt verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)