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noun [countable] attempt pronunciation in British 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 solo.

    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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