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re·​at·​tempt (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈtem(p)t How to pronounce reattempt (audio)
reattempted; reattempting; reattempts

transitive verb

: to make a second or subsequent effort to do, accomplish, solve, or effect (something) : to attempt (something) again
reattempt an experiment
The team would reattempt the trek two weeks later, this time making it several thousand feet up the north face before fatigue and deep snow turned them back.Rebecca Huntington


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plural reattempts
: a second or subsequent act or instance of trying to do or accomplish something : a new attempt
finally succeeded after several reattempts
… some treatments appear to reduce the chance of reattempts among those who have previously tried to kill themselves.Matthew Nock

Examples of reattempt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
These existential questions linger for many who crave real-life kinship more than ever as the pandemic's grip loosens and people reattempt interacting outside of a mask or a digital screen. USA TODAY, 14 June 2023 The two then discuss a plan to reattempt the robbery on the next day. The Arizona Republic, 16 Mar. 2023 Here are five such stories of backpackers who decided to reattempt their adventure of a lifetime. Matt Vasilogambros, Outside Online, 2 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use


1589, in the meaning defined above


1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reattempt was in 1589

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Cite this Entry

“Reattempt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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