make an effort at; try to do sth, especially without succeeding
an effort made to do sth
"made an effort to cover all the reading material"
"wished him luck in his endeavor"
"she gave it a good try"
"attacks on women increased last year"
"they made an attempt on his life"
"He tried to shake off his fears"
"The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"
"The police attempted to stop the thief"
"He sought to improve himself"
"She always seeks to do good in the world"
They have awak'd, And 'tis not done. Th' attempt, and not the deed, Confounds us.
出自：Macbeth , Shakespeare
[He] flung away his life in a gallant attempt to save a servant who had fallen overboard.
出自： J. M. Barrie
I tried to smile, but I made a rather poor attempt at it.
出自： J. Marquand
All attempts to meet her have failed so far.
出自： L. Durrell
If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear.
出自：Othello , Shakespeare
To embolden her to attempt extorting the right of investitures.
出自： D. Hume
Tiberius answered..that his troops were not yet fit to attempt the task.
出自： R. Graves
He attempted to smile back at him, but found it difficult.
出自： W. Trevor
The work was attempted to be done quickly.
误 Any attempt leaving early is against regulations.
正 Any attempt to leave early is against regulations.