• verb: to try to do (something)
  • verb: to make an effort to do, accomplish, solve, or effect
  • often followed by 'to + verb'
  • synonyms: try, tempt, attack


  • It was a successful 'attempt at' climbing Mount Everest. = It was a successful 'attempt on' Mount Everest.

  • In an 'attempt' [='effort'] to raise money, the school will begin charging admission to school concerts.

  • She failed her driving test on the first 'attempt' but she succeeded on her second 'attempt'.

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) Messengers from collapsing time, but it was this... it was this that allowed them to do it. We fear the Witness, yet my attempt to rewrite history resulted in the destruction of time itself. You don't get to decide it's over just because you've given up hope. We've exhausted hope, James. (..)
    2016 TvShow: 12 Monkeys Title: Lullaby Season: 2 Episode 8
  • (..) It's the only joy I can find in all this misery. Pick the pace up. Keep going. Keep it moving! Now, that is a sorry attempt at a siege. Someone needs to teach those sad twats how to dig trenches. Someone certainly does. Oh, no. Not me. I'm just an upjumped sellsword. (..)
    2016 TvShow: Game of Thrones Title: The Broken Man Season: 6 Episode 7
  • (..) Let's just wait for help. Okay, I'll give you a boost. You get up, you go first. This is not an attempt to be gallant. If I don't lift you how are you going to get up there? I don't know, you'll pull me up. (..)
    1997 The Game