To make an attempt to do or make
A trying to do or make something
The act of attacking
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This would be the only attempt they would make.
I smiled in an attempt to calm her down.
He accepted the food well enough, but made no attempt to feed himself.
She gave up her attempt at relaxing, and abandoned the lawn chair.
The air was heavy and fragrant, the wet, solid sand near the ocean welcome after her initial attempt to keep up in the sugary sand higher up the beach.