What is attempt?

  • (verb): Enter upon an activity or enterprise.
    Synonyms: undertake, set about
    See also — Additional definitions below


Attempt was originally an offence under the common law of England.

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More definitions of "attempt":

  • (noun): The act of attacking.
    Example: "They made an attempt on his life"
    Synonyms: attack

Famous quotes containing the word attempt:

    Much of the ill-tempered railing against women that has characterized the popular writing of the last two years is a half-hearted attempt to find a way back to a more balanced relationship between our biological selves and the world we have built. So women are scolded both for being mothers and for not being mothers, for wanting to eat their cake and have it too, and for not wanting to eat their cake and have it too.
    Margaret Mead (1901–1978)

    Ulysses ... is a dogged attempt to cover the universe with mud, an inverted Victorianism, an attempt to make crossness and dirt succeed where sweetness and light failed, a simplification of the human character in the interests of Hell.
    —E.M. (Edward Morgan)

    In the attempt to defeat death man has been inevitably obliged to defeat life, for the two are inextricably related. Life moves on to death, and to deny one is to deny the other.
    Henry Miller (1891–1980)