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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb attempt:

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Definition of the noun attempt

What does attempt mean as a name of something?

Attempt is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: attempts

  1. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
  2. the act of attacking
    • example: they made an attempt on his life
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of attempt: attack
    • more generic terms: crime / criminal offence / criminal offense / law-breaking = an act punishable by law
    • more specific word: assault = a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped

Alternative definition of the noun attempt


  1. The action of trying at something.
  2. An assault or attack.

Specialised definition of the noun attempt

Glossary of sports / weightlifting

each lifter is allowed three attempts, at requested weights, on the snatch and on the clean and jerk. The results of the best good lifts are added to reach a total. If the lifter doesn't have at least one valid attempt in each of the two lifts, there is no total

Definition of the verb attempt

What does attempt mean as a doing word?

Attempt is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: attempted | attempting | attempts

  1. make an effort or attempt
  2. enter upon an activity or enterprise

Alternative definition of the verb attempt


  1. To try.


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Attempt in criminal law is an offense that occurs when a person comes dangerously close to carrying out a criminal act, and intends to commit the act, but does not in fact commit it. The person may have carried out all the necessary steps but still failed, or the attempt may have been abandoned or prevented at a late stage. The attempt must have gone beyond mere planning or preparation, and is distinct from other inchoate offenses such as conspiracy to commit a crime or solicitation of a crime. There are many specific crimes of attempt, such as attempted murder, which may vary by jurisdiction. Punishment is often less severe than would be the case if the attempted crime had been carried out. Abandonment of the attempt may constitute a not guilty defence, depending partly on the extent to which the attempt was abandoned freely and voluntarily. Early common law did not punish attempts; the law of attempt was not recognised by common law until the case of b. Rex v. Scofield in 1784.

Phrases with Attempt

  1. to attempt
  2. takeover attempt

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Attempt

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Google previewFreedom from Past Injustices: A Critical Evaluation of Claims for Inter-Generational Reparations (2012)

by Nahshon Perez

The first attempt is the argument from group iden— tity, which states that past wrongs harmed not only the individual members of a group, but also the group's identity. As the wrong done to the group is maintained via the group's culture, current ...

Google previewCases at Law Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of North Carolina (1855)

by North Carolina. Supreme Court

Attempt is expressive rather of a moving towards doing the thing, than of the purpose itself. An attempt is an overt act itself. An assault is an ' attempt to strike,' and is ...

Google previewEconomic Justice and Liberty (2013)

The Social Philosophy in John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism by Huei-chun Su

Our attempt is a reconstruction of theory, rather than textual elucidation. This is an 'instrumental reading' of Mill, but it requires an 'accurate reading' of Mill as a precondition, borrowing Peter Boettke's distinction of the two ways of reading great ...

Google previewHandbook of Social Work Practice with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations (2014)

by Alex Gitterman

Furthermore, a prior suicide attempt is the single best predictor of an eventual death by suicide (Beghi & Rosenbaum, 2010). These statistics have important implications for social work practitioners and form the basis for responsible risk ...

Google previewBeyond Human (2007)

Living with Robots and Cyborgs by Gregory Benford, Elisabeth Malartre

Today's best attempt is a boxy prototype on treads, with a Cyclops eye. Its right arm is a gun and its left is an all-purpose tool that can open doors, lift blocks, and cut holes. Told to fire, it locates, identifies, and then quickly shoots. It can hit a ...

Google previewLow Dose Exposures in the Environment (2004)

Dose-Effect Relations and Risk Evaluation by Christian Streffer, H. Bolt, D. Follesdal

An attempt is the World Health Organisation's definition: "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being";. It has its obvious problems.

Google previewOrigins of American Political Parties (2015)

1789--1803 by John F. Hoadley

One such attempt is the work of congressional staff members in compiling the Biographical Directory of the American Congress. Another effort began during the New Deal as a program to help unemployed academics, and a third culminated in ...

Google previewA Complete Encyclopedia of Virginia Law (1922)

Being a Concise But Complete Alphabetical Presentation of the Present Common and Statute Law, Civil and Criminal of the Commonwealth Based on the Monumental Works of Dr. B. Minor, Etc.; with Forms by Samuel Need Hurst

years, except an attempt to commit rape is punishable with death, or by penitentiary from 3 to 18 years; (2) In case of a penitentiary offense, the punishment is jail from 6 to 12 months ; (3) In case of misdemeanor, jail not over 6 months or fine ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Creativity (2011)

The contribution is an attempt to redefine where the field is. The current status of the field thus is seen from different points of view. The propulsion leads to circular motion, such that the creative work leads back to where the field ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Mind (2013)

by Harold Pashler

Philosophers attempt to solve the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of American Proverbs (1992)

by Wolfgang Mieder, Stewart A. Kingsbury, Kelsie B. Harder

attempt (n.) 1. A bold attempt is half success. Rec. dist.: Ohio. 2. The first attempt is the ...

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Small photo of Gibb River Road, Australia - Jul 2, 2012: The outback track between Tableland and Springvale Station Homesteads was closed 30 years ago. Very few adventurous 4WD enthusiasts now attempt this journey.Small photo of Little cute blue eyed blonde newborn baby boy is being learned by his mother how to crawl, trying new attempt in new movements on sofa at homeSmall photo of White bottle and spilled tablets on black table. Overdose by sleeping pills. Suicide attempt concept.Small photo of A tiny Boston terrier puppy chews a hole in the bathroom door in an attempt to escapeSmall photo of An African Wild Dog makes an optimistic attempt on a vulture.Small photo of ISTANBUL, TURKEY, 07 AUGUST 2016, People wave Turkish flags during a rally to protest the failed coup attempt at 15th July 2016 and mourn the 240 killed people.Small photo of high jump male athlete successful attempt over bar More...

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Quotes about Attempt

I'd rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed. (Robert H. Schuller)
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Scrabble value of A1T1T1E1M3P3T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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