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 the 2014 Israel-Hamas war, the system reportedly intercepted 735 rockets out of around 800 attempted intercepts. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 25 May 2021 The indictment identifies Cox as being Tammy’s attempted shooter. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 9 Sep. 2019 But another attempted translation in the 1970s interpreted the code as a Coptic Christian warning not to forget your duty to the Lord. Dylan Taylor-lehman, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2021 In his comments, Musk referred to Sir Ernest Shackleton, who led the first attempted trans-Antarctic crossing in 1914. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 26 Apr. 2021 The Dynamo’s Pasher got on a breakaway in first half stoppage time, and Attinella went to ground to block his attempted flick. oregonlive, 25 Apr. 2021 On Wednesday, near the site of the Gonzalez’s attempted arrest, more than 100 community members gathered to pray, light candles, and ask for accountability in Gonzalez’s death. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Apr. 2021 The attempted breakaway is being led in large part by the English, whose teams are the richest in the world. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 2021 Police said a 27-second clip from one officer’s body-camera video showed that Idd shot first before officers opened fire during an attempted felony traffic stop. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2021

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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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5 Jun 2021

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“Attempted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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