Attempted
Attempt At*tempt" (?; 215), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attempted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Attempting}.] [OF. atenter, also spelt atempter, F. attenter, fr. L. attentare to attempt; ad + tentare, temptare, to touch, try, v. intens. of tendere to stretch. See {Tempt}, and cf. {Attend}.] 1. To make trial or experiment of; to try; to endeavor to do or perform (some action); to assay; as, to attempt to sing; to attempt a bold flight. [1913 Webster]

Something attempted, something done, Has earned a night's repose. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt. [Obs. or Archaic] [1913 Webster]

It made the laughter of an afternoon That Vivien should attempt the blameless king. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

3. To try to win, subdue, or overcome; as, one who attempts the virtue of a woman. [1913 Webster]

Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further: Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force; as, to attempt the enemy's camp. [1913 Webster]

Without attempting his adversary's life. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Try}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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