Meaning of “attempt” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun [ C ] us uk /əˈtempt/
Extra Examples
a half-hearted attemptan unsuccessful rescue attemptHe made a rather pathetic attempt to apologize.Their attempt to climb Everest ended in failure.It was an attempt to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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.
an attempt on sb's life

an attempt to kill someone

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