Definition of “attempt” - English Dictionary

“attempt” in English

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attemptverb [ T ]

uk /əˈtempt/ us /əˈtempt/

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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attemptnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈtempt/ us /əˈtempt/

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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(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 entire game.
[ + 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 regain control 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)

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Each deliberate attempt to return to any form of speed restriction was considered an infringement of the driver' s individual freedom or a barrier to favourable profit margins for hauliers.
On no account will we accept an attempt to tackle problems by means of across-the-board cuts, as was discussed for the previous budget.
Any attempt by anyone, including by any third party, to define - let alone impose - the territorial area to be adopted for trading purposes is therefore premature.
We also find that social partners and social agencies are lacking in experience and face difficulties in their attempt to approach this concept and design innovative measures.
When the left-wing coalition cites realism in an attempt to obtain a compromise solution with a right-wing party, it is a way of disguising its own capitulation to private interests.
Of course, this vote is only a sort of belated attempt to comply with bureaucratic procedures in respect of decisions which have actually already been taken.
The conclusion which we draw from this draft regulation is that it is probably an attempt to cover up the situation.
I should like to state quite clearly at this point that this is not some sort of attempt to rewrite history on our part.
We must attempt to at least give these people some certainty about where these missing persons are, what prisons they are in or where they met their death.
Consequently, this phenomenon has a broader political significance, which may create tension in this region, and which we will then have to attempt to relieve.