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ATTEMPT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attempt mean? 

ATTEMPT (noun)
  The noun ATTEMPT has 2 senses:

1. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
2. the act of attacking

  Familiarity information: ATTEMPT used as a noun is rare.


ATTEMPT (verb)
  The verb ATTEMPT has 2 senses:

1. make an effort or attempt
2. enter upon an activity or enterprise

  Familiarity information: ATTEMPT used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ATTEMPT (noun)


Sense 1attempt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

attempt; effort; try; endeavor; endeavour

Context examples:

made an effort to cover all the reading material / wished him luck in his endeavor / she gave it a good try

Hypernyms ("attempt" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attempt"):

seeking (an attempt to acquire or gain something)

shot; stab (informal words for any attempt or effort)

shot (an attempt to score in a game)

nisus; pains; strain; striving (an effortful attempt to attain a goal)

battle; struggle (an energetic attempt to achieve something)

takeover attempt (an attempt to take control of a corporation)

run; test; trial (the act of testing something)

test; trial (the act of undergoing testing)

power play; squeeze; squeeze play (an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power)

mug's game (a futile or unprofitable endeavor)

liberation (the attempt to achieve equal rights or status)

batting ((baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base)

best (the supreme effort one can make)

worst (the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of)

bid; play (an attempt to get something)

crack; fling; go; offer; pass; whirl (a usually brief attempt)

essay (a tentative attempt)

foray (an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence))

contribution; part; share (any one of a number of individual efforts in a common endeavor)


Sense 2attempt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of attacking

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

attempt; attack

Context examples:

attacks on women increased last year / they made an attempt on his life

Hypernyms ("attempt" is a kind of...):

crime; law-breaking ((criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attempt"):

assault (a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped)


ATTEMPT (verb)


Sense 1attempt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make an effort or attempt

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

attempt; essay; try; assay; seek

Context examples:

He tried to shake off his fears / The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps / The police attempted to stop the thief / He sought to improve himself / She always seeks to do good in the world

Hypernyms (to "attempt" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "attempt"):

adventure; chance; gamble; hazard; risk; run a risk; take a chance; take chances (take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome)

give it a try; give it a whirl (try)

endeavor; endeavour; strive (attempt by employing effort)

grope (search blindly or uncertainly)

give it a try; have a go (make an attempt at something)

fight; struggle (make a strenuous or labored effort)

pick up the gauntlet; take a dare (be dared to do something and attempt it)

lay on the line; put on the line; risk (expose to a chance of loss or damage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They attempt to move


Sense 2attempt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enter upon an activity or enterprise

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

undertake; set about; attempt

Hypernyms (to "attempt" is one way to...):

initiate; pioneer (take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


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