WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
at•tempt /əˈtɛmpt/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to make an effort at;
    undertake: [+ object]They attempted a long hike.[+ to + verb]will attempt to finish the race.[+ verb-ing]She attempted walking across the tightrope.

n. [countable]
  1. an effort made to accomplish something:The sketch was my first attempt.
  2. an attack or assault:An attempt was made on his life.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
at•tempt  (ə tempt),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to make an effort at;
    seek:to attempt an impossible task; to attempt to walk six miles.
  2. [Archaic.]to attack;
    move against in a hostile manner:to attempt a person's life.
  3. [Archaic.]to tempt.

  1. an effort made to accomplish something:He made an attempt to swim across the lake.
  2. an attack or assault:an attempt upon the leader's life.
at•tempt′a•bili•ty, n. 
at•tempta•ble, adj. 
at•tempter, n. 
  • Latin attemptāre to test, tamper with. See at-, tempt
  • Anglo-French atempter
  • Middle English 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  try. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged try, endeavor.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

attempt /əˈtɛmpt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to make an effort (to do something) or to achieve (something); try
  2. to try to surmount (an obstacle)
  3. to try to climb
  1. an endeavour to achieve something; effort
  2. a result of an attempt or endeavour
  3. an attack, esp with the intention to kill
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French attempter, from Latin attemptāre to strive after, from tentāre to try

atˈtemptable adj

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Collocations: attempting to [make, find, get, provide, keep], a [successful, risky, failed, brutal, brave, desperate] attempt, attempted [successfully, confidently] to, more...

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