(noun, verb)


1. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

Similar word(s): effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

Definition categories: act, activity

2. the act of attacking

- attacks on women increased last year

- they made an attempt on his life

Similar word(s): attack

Definition categories: act, crime

Sentences with attempt as a noun:

- We made an attempt to cross the stream, but didn't manage.

- This poem is much better than the feeble attempt of mine.

- It was worth the attempt.


1. make an effort or attempt

- The police attempted to stop the thief

Similar word(s): assay, essay, seek, try

Definition categories: social, act, move

2. enter upon an activity or enterprise

Similar word(s): undertake

Definition categories: creation, initiate, pioneer

Sentences with attempt as a verb:

- I attempted to sing, but my throat was too hoarse.

- to attempt an escape from prison

- A group of 80 budding mountaineers attempted Kilimanjaro, but 30 of them didn't make it to the top.

- one who attempts the virtue of a woman

- to attempt the enemy's camp