attempt
noun.
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
made an effort to cover all the reading material|wished him luck in his endeavor|she gave it a good try
noun.
the act of attacking
attacks on women increased last year|they made an attempt on his life
Synonym: attack
verb.
make an effort or attempt
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
Synonym: assay, essay, seek, try
verb.
enter upon an activity or enterprise