Etymology
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attempt (v.)

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.)

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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Definitions of attempt
1
attempt (v.)
make an effort or attempt;
The police attempted to stop the thief
Synonyms: try / seek / essay / assay
attempt (v.)
enter upon an activity or enterprise;
Synonyms: undertake / set about
2
attempt (n.)
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something;
Synonyms: effort / endeavor / endeavour / try
attempt (n.)
the act of attacking;
they made an attempt on his life
Synonyms: attack
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