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Definition of attempt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

attempt

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verb
BrE BrE//əˈtempt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtempt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they attempt
BrE BrE//əˈtempt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtempt//
 
he / she / it attempts
BrE BrE//əˈtempts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtempts//
 
past simple attempted
BrE BrE//əˈtemptɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtemptɪd//
 
past participle attempted
BrE BrE//əˈtemptɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtemptɪd//
 
-ing form attempting
BrE BrE//əˈtemptɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtemptɪŋ//
 
 
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 to make an effort or try to do something, especially something difficult attempt to do something I will attempt to answer all your questions. Do not attempt to repair this yourself. attempt something The prisoners attempted an escape, but failed. More Like This Verbs usually followed by infinitives afford, agree, appear, arrange, attempt, beg, choose, consent, decide, expect, fail, happen, hesitate, hope, intend, learn, manage, mean, neglect, offer, prepare, pretend, promise, refuse, swear, try, want, wishSee worksheet. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French attempter, from Latin attemptare, from ad- ‘to’ + temptare ‘to tempt’.Extra examples A group of junior army officers attempted a coup in March 1988. Don’t attempt to argue with him. In attempting to avoid the obvious pitfalls, many students make other silly mistakes. More than once, depression drove him to attempt suicide. The coastguard had advised them not to attempt a rescue. The patient may attempt to dismiss or deny the problem. The prisoner was shot while attempting to escape.
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