at·​tempt·​ed | \ ə-ˈtem(p)-təd How to pronounce attempted (audio) \

Definition of attempted

: having been tried without success an attempted suicide an attempted takeover especially, law : characterized by an intent to commit and effort taken to commit a specified crime that fails or is prevented an attempted robbery was charged with attempted murder

Examples of attempted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1950, Turkey dispatched its troops to support U.S. and United Nations forces repelling North Korea’s attempted invasion of the southern part of the peninsula, an action that won enduring praise from the West. Tracy Wilkinsonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2022 In an attempted comeback, Kwon launched a new Luna coin last month that was distributed for free to holders of the original token. Suvashree Ghosh, Fortune, 23 June 2022 Oscar Mercado then made a sliding catch of Adalberto Mondesi’s fly ball to short left field and Hedges ended the inning by throwing out Dozier on an attempted steal of second. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 In 2017, Gilda became the attempted punchline of an alt-right insult, when a Twitter user shared a photo of her in a subway car wearing a bouffant scarlet wig and seated next to a woman in a black niqab. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2022 Since Roe, there have been hundreds of instances in which a woman's pregnancy has been a decisive factor in attempted and actual deprivations of her physical liberty. Holly Thomas, CNN, 1 June 2022 Finicum was shot and killed by police during an attempted arrest at a roadblock. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 The attempted takedown of the most powerful dangerous dark wizard will soon be available to stream on HBO Max. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 May 2022 Here’s a look at genocide, the attempted or intentional destruction of a national, racial, religious or ethnic group, whether in wartime or peace. CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of attempted

circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of attempted was circa 1513

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11 Jul 2022

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“Attempted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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Legal Definition of attempted

: characterized by an intent to commit and effort taken to commit a specified crime that fails or is prevented attempted forgery


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