• To try.
  • To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt.
  • To try to win, subdue, or overcome.
  • To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force.


  • The action of trying at something.
  • An assault or attack, especially an assassination attempt.


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  • Late 14th century, as Middle English attempten, from Old French atempter, from Latin attemptō ("I try, solicit"), from ad + temptare, more correctly tentare; see tempt.
  • The noun is from the 1530s, the sense "an assault on somebody's life, assassination attempt" (French attentat) is from 1580.

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