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tr.v. at·tempt·ed, at·tempt·ing, at·tempts
1. To try to perform, make, or achieve: attempted to read the novel in one sitting; attempted a difficult dive.
2. Archaic To tempt.
3. Archaic To try to seize or get control of by attacking.
1. An effort or a try.
2. An attack; an assault: an attempt on someone's life.
[Middle English attempten, from Old French attempter, from Latin attemptāre : ad-, ad- + temptāre, to test.]