Attempt

Definition of Attempt

At`tempt´
v. t.1.To make trial or experiment of; to try; to endeavor to do or perform (some action); to assay; as, to attempt to sing; to attempt a bold flight.
[imp. & p. p. Attempted; p. pr. & vb. n. Attempting.]
2.To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt.
It made the laughter of an afternoon
That Vivien should attempt the blameless king.
- Thackeray.
3.To try to win, subdue, or overcome; as, one who attempts the virtue of a woman.
Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further:
Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute.
- Shak.
4.To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force; as, to attempt the enemy's camp.
Without attempting his adversary's life.
- Motley.
v. i.1.To make an attempt; - with upon.
n.1.A essay, trial, or endeavor; an undertaking; an attack, or an effort to gain a point; esp. an unsuccessful, as contrasted with a successful, effort.
By his blindness maimed for high attempts.
- Milton.
Attempt to commit a crime
(Law) such an intentional preparatory act as will apparently result, if not extrinsically hindered, in a crime which it was designed to effect.
- Wharton.

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