Attempting
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.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • attempting — n. trying, endeavoring at·tempt || É™ tempt n. try, assay; effort to do or accomplish something; assault, attack (as an attempt on someone life ) v. try, assay …   English contemporary dictionary

  • attempting — …   Useful english dictionary

  • attempting the impossible — trying to accomplish what cannot be done …   English contemporary dictionary

  • working — Attempting to complete the remaining part of a trade, by finding either buyers or sellers for the rest. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * working work‧ing [ˈwɜːkɪŋ ǁ ˈwɜːr ] adjective [only before a noun] 1. working people have jobs that they… …   Financial and business terms

  • trial and error —    Attempting to achieve a satisfactory result by testing and eliminating various methods until the best one is found is called trial and error.     Some of the best cooks learn by trial and error …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Call-less hunting —    Attempting to bag a turkey without calling to him. To be a productive call less hunter, you must know where and when you can meet a tom in the woods during his daily routine. This type of hunting requires much more knowledge of the turkeys,… …   Hunting glossary

  • collateral attack — Attempting to impeach or challenging the integrity of ajudgment, decree, or order in an action or proceeding other than that in which the judgment, decree, or order was rendered, other than by appeal from, or review of, the judgment, decree, or… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Coffee Housing — Attempting to mislead opponents as to one s cards by speech or manner …   The official rules of card games glossary

  • Disasters — ▪ 2009 Introduction Aviation       January 23, Poland. A Spanish built CASA transport plane carrying members of the Polish air force home from a conference on flight safety in Warsaw crashes near the town of Miroslawiec; all 20 aboard are killed …   Universalium

  • List of accidents and incidents involving commercial aircraft — This list of accidents and incidents involving commercial aircraft is grouped by the years in which the accidents and incidents occurred. For more exhaustive lists, see the [http://www.baaa acro.com/ Aircraft Crash Record Office] or the… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”