successful | abortive, botched, failed, fruitless, futile, ill-fated, unsuccessful, vain
her vain attempt to save her son's life
| conscious, deliberate | brave, bold, concerted, determined, serious, valiant | blatant | feeble, half-hearted, weak | clumsy, crude | desperate, frantic, last-ditch
a desperate attempt to find survivors of the accident
repeated attempts to break through enemy lines
| assassination, coup, rescue, suicide
Rescue attempts were stopped because of bad weather.
VERB + ATTEMPT
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.
ATTEMPT + VERB
succeed | fail
in an/the ~
In an attempt to ward off criticism, the government has made education a priority.
| ~ at
He made a feeble attempt at a smile.
| ~ by
an attempt by workers to prevent redundancies
an attempt on sb's life
(= to kill sb)
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