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Dictionary definition for: Attempt

1. (n) 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"

2. (v) 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"

3. (n) the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year" "they made an attempt on his life"

4. (v) enter upon an activity or enterprise

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