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attempted


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Something  attempted,  something  done  Has  earned  a 
  night's  repose.  --Longfellow. 
 
  2.  To  try  to  move  by  entreaty,  by  afflictions,  or  by 
  temptations;  to  tempt.  [Obs.  or  Archaic] 
 
  It  made  the  laughter  of  an  afternoon  That  Vivien 
  should  attempt  the  blameless  king.  --Thackeray. 
 
  3.  To  try  to  win,  subdue,  or  overcome;  as  one  who  attempts 
  the  virtue  of  a  woman. 
 
  Dear  sir,  of  force  I  must  attempt  you  further:  Take 
  some  remembrance  of  us  as  a  tribute.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  To  attack;  to  make  an  effort  or  attack  upon  to  try  to 
  take  by  force;  as  to  attempt  the  enemy's  camp. 
 
  Without  attempting  his  adversary's  life.  --Motley. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Try}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  attempted 
  adj  :  tried  unsuccessfully;  "attempted  murder" 




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