attempt-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: the act of endeavoring to accomplish something

Commentary: ATTEMPT[+activity][+endeavor][-completive] ATTEMPT VCOMP (this sense is often followed by a more substantive verbal complement)
NOTE: this sense functions almost like a modal verb, indicating possibility, not certainty
NOTE: the focus is on the process of the endeavor.

Their attempts to bring peace to the Middle East have not succeeded.
The girl made no attempt to apologize for her rude conduct at the party.
Our attempts to grow tomatoes this season resulted in four tiny green balls on one plant.

PropBank: attempt.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a specific or circumscribed intentional endeavor

Commentary: ATTEMPT[+activity][+endeavor][+completive]
NOTE: the focus is on the completion of a circumscribed act, not the ongoing process of it.
NOTE: this sense often followed by PP, not a Verbal Complement, as in Sense 1

His third attempt of Everest ended in tragedy.
Last night an attempt was made on the life of the French ambassador.

PropBank: attempt.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a tangible work, an opus

Commentary: ATTEMPT[+entity][+tangible][+result][+opus]
NOTE: implies a tangible object, the result of purposeful activity

Beethoven discarded many early attempts at his symphonies.
This drawing is John's first attempt with pastels.
My last attempt at a letter to the senator also ended up in the waste basket.

PropBank: attempt.01
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)


PropBank: NM