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attempt

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of attempt

  1. 1 an effort to do or accomplish something it took several attempts before we made good ice cream with an old-fashioned hand-cranked ice cream freezer Synonyms of attempt assay [archaic], bash [chiefly British], bid, crack, endeavor, essay, fling, go, offer, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, whack, whirl Words Related to attempt striving, struggle, throes, undertaking; trial and error

  2. 2 the act or action of setting upon with force or violence several attempts on the life of the country's chief drug enforcement official Synonyms of attempt aggression, assault, attack, blitz, blitzkrieg, charge, coup de main, descent, offense (or offence), offensive, onset, onslaught, raid, rush, strikeWords Related to attempt ambuscade, ambush; counteraggression, counterassault, counterattack, counteroffensive, counterstrike; sally, sortie; envelopment, flanking; breakthrough, foray, incursion, invasion; pillage, ravage, sack; air raid, bombardment, bombing; siege, storm; barrage, cannonade, fusillade, hail, salvo, volley; whammyNear Antonyms of attempt defense, defensive, guard, shield; opposition, resistance; protection, security, shelter


attempt

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of attempt

  1. to make an effort to do after attempting—and failing—to start the lawn mower on my own, I finally succeeded with a neighbor's help don't even attempt walking on your broken foot Synonyms of attempt assay, endeavor, essay, seek, strive, try Words Related to attempt fight, strain, struggle, toil, trouble, work; aim, aspire, hope; assume, take up, undertake Phrases have a go at, shoot at (or shoot for), try one's hand (at) Near Antonyms of attempt drop, give up, quit

Synonym Discussion of attempt

attempt, try, endeavor, essay, strive mean to make an effort to accomplish an end. attempt stresses the initiation or beginning of an effort.
    • will attempt to photograph the rare bird
try is often close to attempt but may stress effort or experiment made in the hope of testing or proving something.
    • tried to determine which was the better procedure
endeavor heightens the implications of exertion and difficulty.
    • endeavored to find crash survivors in the mountains
essay implies difficulty but also suggests tentative trying or experimenting.
    • will essay a dramatic role for the first time
strive implies great exertion against great difficulty and specifically suggests persistent effort.
    • continues to strive for peace


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