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Definition of Attempt


  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.
  2. To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt.
  3. To try to win, subdue, or overcome; as, one who attempts the virtue of a woman.
  4. To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force; as, to attempt the enemy's camp.
  5. To make an attempt; -- with upon.
  6. 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.

Attempt Quotations

Religion is part of the human make-up. It's also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.
Christopher Hitchens

Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power. - Charles Simmons
Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power.
Charles Simmons

There is nothing man will not attempt when great enterprises hold out the promise of great rewards.

The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.
John Stuart Mill

I'd rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.
Robert H. Schuller
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Attempt Translations

attempt in Afrikaans is aanpak, probeer, poging
attempt in Dutch is streven, trachten, pogen, moeite doen
attempt in Finnish is koettaa, ponnistella
attempt in German is Versuch, versuchen
attempt in Italian is esperimentare, esperimento, attentato, operazione
attempt in Latin is inceptum, conor, rudimentum, tendo
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