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English definition of “attempt”

attempt

verb [T]     /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 .Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
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