ATTEMPT', verb transitive [Latin attento, to attempt of ad and tento, to try; tento is from the same root as tendo, to strain; Gr. Hence, the literal sense is to strain, urge, stretch.]
1. To make an effort to effect some object; to make trial or experiment; to try; to endeavor; to use exertion for any purpose; as, to attempt to sing; to attempt a bold flight.
2. To attack; to make an effort upon; as, to attempt the enemy's camp.
This verb is not always followed by an object, and appears to be intransitive; but some object is understood, or a verb in the infinitive follows in the place of an object; as, he attempted to speak.
ATTEMPT', noun An essay, trial or endeavor; an attack; or an effort to gain a point.