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English noun: attempt

1. attempt (act) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something


SamplesMade an effort to cover all the reading material.
Wished him luck in his endeavor.
She gave it a good try.


Synonymseffort, endeavor, endeavour, try


Broader (hypernym)activity


Narrower (hyponym)batting, battle, best, bid, contribution, crack, essay, fling, foray, go, liberation, mug's game, nisus, offer, pains, part, pass, play, power play, run, seeking, share, shot, shot, squeeze, squeeze play, stab, strain, striving, struggle, takeover attempt, test, test, trial, trial, whirl, worst

2. attempt (act) the act of attacking


SamplesAttacks on women increased last year.
They made an attempt on his life.


Synonymsattack


Broader (hypernym)crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense


Narrower (hyponym)assault


English verb: attempt

1. attempt (social) make an effort or attempt


SamplesHe 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.


ExamplesThey attempt to move


Synonymsassay, essay, seek, try


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)act, move


Narrower (hyponym)adventure, chance, endeavor, endeavour, fight, gamble, give it a try, give it a try, give it a whirl, grope, have a go, hazard, lay on the line, pick up the gauntlet, put on the line, risk, risk, run a risk, strive, struggle, take a chance, take a dare, take chances

2. attempt (creation) enter upon an activity or enterprise


Synonymsset about, undertake


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Broader (hypernym)initiate, pioneer









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