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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

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
Albert Einstein

If you're a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don't understand talent any more than we understand electricity.
Maya Angelou

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

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
William Shakespeare

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in reaching it.
Mahatma Gandhi
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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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