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attempt

at·tempt

attempt

 
 
pronunciation:
tempt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: attempted, attempting, attempts
definition: to try or seek; undertake.
They attempted to force their way in, but the security guards overpowered them.I think you're attempting an impossible task.He attempted to escape from prison, but he was caught.
synonyms:
essay, try, undertake, venture
similar words:
aim, aspire, seek, tackle
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an effort put forth in order to achieve or accomplish an end.
Many attempts to climb Mount Everest have failed.I was amazed that my first attempt to make a soufflé was successful.
synonyms:
effort, endeavor, essay, try
similar words:
bid, crack, go, pass, push, trial, undertaking, venture
definition 2: an act of violence, usu. unsuccessful.
An attempt was made on the mayor's life last night.
synonyms:
attack
similar words:
assault
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