attempt meaning

EN[əˈtɛmpt] [-ɛmpt]
  • 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
          • The national symbol for this new attitude is Bernhard Goetz, who was acquitted of attempted murder by a jury after admitting he shot four underclassers because he thought they meant him harm.
          • This would be amusing were it not for the fact that, y'know, she was with me yesterday, so your attempt at humor fails on all levels. Like most sperglord humor does save to other sperglords.
          • After our hacking attempts failed, we tried social engineering, walking into the building and claiming we had to do some urgent work in the server room.
        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
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          1. en attempted
          2. en attempts
          3. en attempting
          4. en attempter
          5. en attemptive
          Source: Wiktionary
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          Meaning of attempt for the defined word.

          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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