abortive, botched, failed, fruitless, futile, ill-fated, misguided, unsuccessful, vain

her vain attempt to save her son's life

conscious, deliberate
bold, brave, concerted, determined, serious, valiant
feeble, half-hearted, lame, pathetic, weak

She smiled at my feeble attempt at humour/humor.

I made a half-hearted attempt at cleaning my apartment.

clumsy, crude
desperate, frantic, last-ditch

a desperate attempt to find survivors


repeated attempts to break through enemy lines


That's not bad for a first attempt.

assassination, coup, escape, rescue, suicide

Rescue attempts were stopped because of bad weather.


She has made no attempt to contact her mother.

succeed in

He succeeded in his attempt to break the world record.

abandon, fail in, give up

He abandoned his attempt to reach the summit.

foil, thwart

Their attempt to break out of prison was foiled.


The board said it would resist any attempt to take control of the company.

in an/the attempt

In an attempt to ward off criticism, the government has made education a priority.

attempt at

He made a feeble attempt at a smile.

attempt by

an attempt by workers to prevent job losses

an attempt on sb's life (= an attempt to kill sb)
at the first, second, etc. attempt (esp. BrE), in the first, second, etc. attempt (AmE)

I passed my test at/in the first attempt.

Attempt is used with these nouns as the object: ↑comeback, ↑crossing, ↑escape, ↑feat, ↑manoeuvre, ↑reconciliation, ↑rescue, ↑stunt, ↑suicide

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