attempt (v.)Related entries & more
late 14c., "seek or try to do, make an effort to perform," from Old French atempter (14c.), earlier atenter "to try, attempt, test" (Modern French attenter), from Latin attemptare "to try, make trial of; tamper with, seek to influence; attack, assail" (source also of Italian attentare, Old Provençal, Portuguese attentar, Spanish atentar), from assimilated form of ad "to, toward" (see ad-) + temptare "to try" (see tempt). Related: Attempted; attempting.
attempt (n.)Related entries & more
1530s, "a putting forth of effort in some difficult or uncertain endeavor," from attempt (v.). Meaning "effort to accomplish something by violence" is from 1580s, especially as an assault on someone's life.
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down (n.3)Related entries & more
1710, "a downward movement," from down (adv.). Football sense of "an attempt to advance the ball" is by 1882.
gonnaRelated entries & more
attempt to represent the casual pronunciation of going to. In Scottish dialect, ganna, gaunna recorded from 1806.
ept (adj.)Related entries & more
1938, back-formation from inept, usually with an attempt at comical effect. Related: Eptitude; eptly.