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Both these words can be verbs or nouns. The other forms of try are tries, trying, tried.
If you try to do something, you make an effort to do it.
You can also try and do something. There is no difference in meaning, but try and do is used in conversation and less formal writing. In formal English, use try to do.
You can only use and after the base form of try that is, when you are using it as an imperative or infinitive, or after a modal. You cannot say, for example, 'I was trying and help her' or 'I was trying and helping her'.
If you try doing something, you do it in order to find out how useful, effective, or enjoyable it is.
If you attempt to do something, you try to do it. Attempt is a more formal word than try.
You don't say 'The crowd attempted and break through or 'The crowd attempted breaking through'.
When someone tries to do something, you can refer to what they do as a try or an attempt. Try is normally used only in conversation and less formal writing. In formal English, you usually talk about an attempt.
You say that someone has a try at something or gives something a try.
You say that someone makes an attempt to do something.
Past participle: attempted
|Noun||1.||attempt - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"|
batting - (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base
best - the supreme effort one can make; "they did their best"
worst - the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of; "it was the worst he had ever done on a test"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
bid, play - an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention"
fling, go, offer, whirl, crack, pass - a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
essay - a tentative attempt
foray - an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence); "scientists' forays into politics"
contribution, share, part - the part played by a person in bringing about a result; "I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project"; "they all did their share of the work"
liberation - the attempt to achieve equal rights or status; "she worked for women's liberation"
mug's game - a futile or unprofitable endeavor
power play, squeeze play, squeeze - an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power; "she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away"
seeking - an attempt to acquire or gain something
stab, shot - informal words for any attempt or effort; "he gave it his best shot"; "he took a stab at forecasting"
shot - an attempt to score in a game
struggle, battle - an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"
takeover attempt - an attempt to take control of a corporation
trial, run, test - the act of testing something; "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
|2.||attempt - the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"|
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
assault - a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
|Verb||1.||attempt - make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"|
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
struggle, fight - make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath"
have a go, give it a try - make an attempt at something; "I never sat on a horse before but I'll give it a go"
grope - search blindly or uncertainly; "His mind groped to make the connection"
endeavor, endeavour, strive - attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy"
adventure, gamble, run a risk, take a chance, take chances, risk, chance, hazard - take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
|2.||attempt - enter upon an activity or enterprise|
we'll do it or die in the attempt → lo haremos o moriremos en el intento
at the first attempt → en el primer intento
this is my first attempt → es la primera vez que lo intento
after several attempts they gave up → tras varios intentos or varias tentativas, se dieron por vencidos
we had to give up the attempt → tuvimos que renunciar a la empresa
it was a good attempt → fue un esfuerzo digno de alabanza
to make an attempt to do sth → hacer una tentativa de hacer algo, intentar hacer algo
he made no attempt to help → ni siquiera intentó ayudar
he made two attempts at it → lo intentó dos veces
to make an attempt on the record → tratar de batir el récord
to make an attempt on the summit → tratar de llegar a la cumbre
to attempt a reply → intentar responder, tratar de responder
to attempt a smile → intentar sonreír
to attempt suicide → intentar suicidarse
She gave up after several attempts → Elle y a renoncé après plusieurs tentatives.
an attempt to do sth → une tentative de faire qch
to make no attempt to do sth → ne rien faire pour faire qch
He made no attempt to help me → Il n'a rien fait pour m'aider.
an attempt at sth
He made an attempt at humour → Il a essayé de faire de l'humour., Il a essayé de plaisanter.
at the first attempt → du premier coup, à la première tentative
on the first attempt (during) → lors de la première tentative
to make an attempt on sb's life → attenter à la vie de qn
he made no attempt to help → non ha (neanche) tentato or cercato di aiutare
to make an attempt on sb's life → attentare alla vita di qn