attempt


attempt
I
n.

1) to make an attempt

2) to foil, thwart an attempt

3) an abortive, fruitless, futile, vain; all-out, concerted, last-ditch; bold, brazen, daring; crude; deliberate; feeble, halfhearted, weak; first; premature; successful attempt; repeated attempts

4) an attempt against, on (an attempt on smb.'s life)

5) an attempt at (an attempt at being funny)

6) an attempt to + inf. (we made an attempt to get in touch with them)

II
v.

1) (E) she attempted to find a job

2) (rare) (G) he attempted walking

3) (misc.) to attempt smt. in vain

* * *
[ə'tempt]
all-out
brazen
concerted
feeble
fruitless
halfhearted
last-ditch
repeated attempts
successful attempt
thwart an attempt
on (an attempt on smb. 's life)
(E) she attempted to find a job
(misc.) to attempt smt. in vain
(rare) (G) he attempted walking
an abortive
an attempt against
to foil
to make an attempt
an attempt to + inf. (we made an attempt to get in touch with them)

Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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