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at·tempt

 (ə-tĕmpt′)
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.
n.
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.]

at·tempt′a·ble adj.
at·tempt′er n.

attempted

(əˈtɛmptɪd)
adj
used to describe an action that someone has unsuccessfully tried to carry out
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.attempted - tried unsuccessfully; "attempted murder"
unsuccessful - not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome

attempted

verb tried, ventured, undertaken, endeavoured, assayed a case of attempted murder
Translations

attempted

[əˈtemptɪd] ADJ attempted murdertentativa f de asesinato, intento m de asesinato
attempted suicideintento m de suicidio

attempted

[əˈtɛmptɪd] adj
attempted murder → tentative f de meurtre
attempted suicide → tentative f de suicide
attempted theft → tentative f de vol
References in classic literature ?
Amy was learning this distinction through much tribulation, for mistaking enthusiasm for inspiration, she attempted every branch of art with youthful audacity.
A boy clad in a blue shirt leaped from the wagon and attempted to drag after him one of the maidens, who screamed and protested shrilly.
I do not trust him, in spite of his attempted denial.
While, in the pursuit of their daring plans of annoyance, the restless enterprise of the French even attempted the distant and difficult gorges of the Alleghany, it may easily be imagined that their proverbial acuteness would not overlook the natural advantages of the district we have just described.
The savage, perceiving their defenceless situation, without offering violence to the family attempted to captivate the Negro, who, happily proved an over-match for him, threw him on the ground, and, in the struggle, the mother of the children drew an ax from a corner of the cottage, and cut his head off, while her little daughter shut the door.
Hepzibah attempted to enliven matters by a fire in the parlor.
It is my belief, however, that had I attempted a different order of composition, my faculties would not have been found so pointless and inefficacious.
As he approached the stream, his heart began to thump he summoned up, however, all his resolution, gave his horse half a score of kicks in the ribs, and attempted to dash briskly across the bridge; but instead of starting forward, the perverse old animal made a lateral movement, and ran broadside against the fence.
That trap of the extra payments, the interest, and all the other charges that they had not the means to pay, and would never have attempted to pay
Stowe attempted unsuccessfully to have this identifying note removed from the stereotype-plate of the first edition.
It is a mixture that is always ineffectual, and should never have been attempted in the first place.
Half an hour after we started, the REGEN thickened unpleasantly, and we attempted to get shelter under a projecting rock, but being far to NASS already to make standing at all AGRE'ABLE, we pushed on for the Handeck, consoling ourselves with the reflection that from the furious rushing of the river Aar at our side, we should at all events see the celebrated WASSERFALL in GRANDE PERFECTION.