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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 At·tempt v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attempted; p. pr. & vb. n. Attempting.]
 1. To make trial or experiment of; to try; to endeavor to do or perform (some action); to assay; as, to attempt to sing; to attempt a bold flight.
 Something attempted, something done,
 Has earned a night's repose.   --Longfellow.
 2. To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt. [Obs. or Archaic]
 It made the laughter of an afternoon
 That Vivien should attempt the blameless king.   --Thackeray.
 3. To try to win, subdue, or overcome; as, one who attempts the virtue of a woman.
 Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further:
 Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute.   --Shak.
 4. To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force; as, to attempt the enemy's camp.
    Without attempting his adversary's life.   --Motley.
 Syn: -- See Try.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : tried unsuccessfully; "attempted murder"