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Definition 1: earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where attempt or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for attempt in the sense of this definition

(attempt is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of attempt ) (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base

(... is a kind of attempt ) an attempt to acquire or gain something

(... is a kind of attempt ) informal words for any attempt or effort

"he gave it his best shot" "he took a stab at forecasting"

(... is a kind of attempt ) an attempt to score in a game

(... is a kind of attempt ) an effortful attempt to attain a goal

(... is a kind of attempt ) an energetic attempt to achieve something

"getting through the crowd was a real struggle" "he fought a battle for recognition"

(... is a kind of attempt ) an attempt to take control of a corporation

(... is a kind of attempt ) the act of testing something

"in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately" "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"

(... is a kind of attempt ) an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power

"she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away"

(... is a kind of attempt ) a futile or unprofitable endeavor

(... is a kind of attempt ) the attempt to achieve equal rights or status

"she worked for women's liberation"

(... is a kind of attempt ) the effort contributed by a person in bringing about a result

"I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project" "they all did their share of the work"

(... is a kind of attempt ) an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)

"scientists' forays into politics"

(... is a kind of attempt ) a tentative attempt

(... is a kind of attempt ) a usually brief attempt

"he took a crack at it" "I gave it a whirl"

(... is a kind of attempt ) an attempt to get something

"they made a futile play for power" "he made a bid to gain attention"

(... is a kind of attempt ) the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of

"it was the worst he had ever done on a test"

(... is a kind of attempt ) the supreme effort one can make

"they did their best"

(... is a kind of attempt ) the act of undergoing testing

"he survived the great test of battle" "candidates must compete in a trial of skill"

Definition 2: the act of attacking - [noun denoting act]

Samples where attempt or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for attempt in the sense of this definition

(attempt is a kind of ...) (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

"a long record of crimes"

(... is a kind of attempt ) a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped

Definition 3: enter upon an activity or enterprise - [verb of creation]

Synonyms for attempt in the sense of this definition

(attempt is a kind of ...) take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

"This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"

Samples where attempt or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for attempt in the sense of this definition

(attempt is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of attempt ) be dared to do something and attempt it

(... is a kind of attempt ) make a strenuous or labored effort

"She struggled for years to survive without welfare" "He fought for breath"

(... is a kind of attempt ) make an attempt at something

"I never sat on a horse before but I'll give it a go"

(... is a kind of attempt ) search blindly or uncertainly

"His mind groped to make the connection"

(... is a kind of attempt ) attempt by employing effort

"we endeavor to make our customers happy"

(... is a kind of attempt ) try

"let's give it a whirl!"

(... is a kind of attempt ) take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

"When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

(... is a kind of attempt ) expose to a chance of loss or damage

"We risked losing a lot of money in this venture" "Why risk your life?" "She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong"

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