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attempt meaning

EN[əˈtɛmpt] [-ɛmpt]
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  • Attempt in criminal law is an offense that occurs when a person comes dangerously close to carrying out a criminal act, and intends to commit the act, but does not in fact commit it.
  • The essence of the crime of attempt in legal terms is that the defendant has failed to commit the actus reus (the Latin term for the "guilty act") of the full offense, but has the direct and specific intent to commit that full offense.

    Definition of attempt in English Dictionary

  • NounPLattempts
    1. The action of trying at something.
      1. We made an attempt to cross the stream, but didn't manage.
      2. This poem is much better than the feeble attempt of mine.
      3. It was worth the attempt.
    2. An assault or attack, especially an assassination attempt.
    3. VerbSGattemptsPRattemptingPT, PPattempted
      1. To try.
        1. I attempted to sing, but my throat was too hoarse.
        2. to attempt an escape from prison
        3. A group of 80 budding mountaineers attempted Kilimanjaro, but 30 of them didn't make it to the top. ‎
      2. OBS To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt.
        1. (archaic) To try to win, subdue, or overcome.
          1. one who attempts the virtue of a woman
        2. (archaic) To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force.
          1. to attempt the enemy's camp
      3. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • No more than a total of ten cannulation attempts (defined as a sustained contact between the sphincterotome and the papilla for at least five seconds) were allowed during this time frame.
          • The search for a specific immunomarker of malignancy sheds light on a huge number of ICC stains although none of them attempt to yield 100% conclusive results.
          • His attempt to find the real arsonist leads him to wonder if one of his newly alcoholic parents could have committed the torchings.
        2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
          • Attempts to fuse and defluorinate rock phosphate by feeding the finely ground material into the flame of a blast lamp were not successful.
        3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • Fabrication of a multistrip magnetic/nonmagnetic structure in a thin sandwiched Ni layer [Si(5 nm)/Ni(10 nm)/Si] by a focused ion beam (FIB) irradiation has been attempted.
          • He tried sneaking it past them, but they didn't cotton to his attempts.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Nouns
          • Countable nouns
          • Verbs
            • Control verbs
          Related Links:
          1. en attempted
          2. en attempts
          3. en attempting
          4. en attempter
          5. en attemptive
          Source: Wiktionary
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          Grammatically, this word "attempt" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, a control verb.
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