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noun [countable] attempt pronunciation in American English /əˈtempt/
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  1. 1
    an effort to do something
    one last desperate attempt
    The government has made no attempt to avert the crisis.
    attempt on: an attempt on the world record
    attempt at: It’s his fourth attempt at flying a balloon around the world alone.
    an attempt to do something: Their spokesperson has rejected all our attempts to talk to him.
  2. 2
    an illegal act, such as an attack on someone, that is unsuccessful
    a burglary/robbery/escape/kidnap attempt
    an assassination/murder/suicide attempt
    an attempt on someone’s life: an unsuccessful attempt on the President’s life

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