Pronunciation: (u-tempt'),[key] —v.t. 1. to make an effort at; try; undertake; seek: to attempt an impossible task; to attempt to walk six miles. 2. Archaic.to attack; move against in a hostile manner: to attempt a person's life. 3. Archaic.to tempt.
—n. 1. an effort made to accomplish something: He made an attempt to swim across the lake. 2. an attack or assault: an attempt upon the leader's life.