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1) attempt. Roget s II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. 1995.
...offer, stab, trial, try. Informal : shot. Slang : take. Archaic : assay. See TRY. To make an attempt to do or make: assay, endeavor, essay, seek, strive, try. have...

2) attempt. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
...The noun combines with several prepositions: at, as in We made another attempt at getting through; against, as in She feared another attempt against the offices of...

3) endeavor, attempt, try. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
...These are synonyms. Endeavor is the most formal verb, attempt somewhat less so, and try the least formal. Each can serve you well in the right place: Try to get some...

4) attempt. The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
...Inflected forms: atˇtemptˇed, atˇtemptˇing, atˇtempts1. To try to perform, make, or achieve: attempted to read the novel in one sitting; attempted a difficult dive....

5) II. On an Attempt to Force His Resignation by William Pitt. Great Britain: II. (1780-1861). Vol. IV. Bryan, William Jennings, ed. 1906. The World's Famous Orations
...Let this House beware of suffering any individual to involve his own cause, and to interweave his own interests, in the resolutions of the House of Commons. The dignity...

6) Chapter XXXII. Ice Again-A Beautiful Afternoon-Cape Horn-"Land Ho!"-Heading for Home. Dana, Richard Henry, Jr. 1909-14. Two Years before the Mast. The Harvard Classics
...IN our first attempt to double the Cape, when we came up to the latitude of it, we were nearly seventeen hundred miles to the westward, but, in running for the straits...

7) Salt Ring. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898
...An attempt to monopolise the sale of salt by a ring or company which bought up some of the largest of our salt-mines. 1...

8) 1669. 2001. The Encyclopedia of World History
...1669 In an attempt to placate restive immigrants from other parts of the Islamicate world who served as his most important military and administrative elite, Aurangzib...

9) Appendix to Chapter II. Reed, John. 1922. Ten Days That Shook the World
...Brest-Litovsk. The responsibility of Kerensky for the situation which gave rise to Kornilov s attempt is now pretty clearly established. Many apologists for Kerensky...

10) shot 1. The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
...of a weapon, such as a gun. 2. The distance over which something is shot; the range. 3a. An attempt to hit a target with a projectile: His shot at the bear missed...

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