Pronunciation: (u-tempt'), [key]
1. to make an effort at; try; undertake; seek: to attempt an impossible task; to attempt to walk six miles.
2. Archaic.to attack; move against in a hostile manner: to attempt a person's life.
3. Archaic.to tempt.
1. an effort made to accomplish something: He made an attempt to swim across the lake.
2. an attack or assault: an attempt upon the leader's life.
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