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 for Attempt to commit a crime
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attempt \At*tempt"\, n.
     A essay, trial, or endeavor; an undertaking; an attack, or an
     effort to gain a point; esp. an unsuccessful, as contrasted
     with a successful, effort.
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           By his blindness maimed for high attempts. --Milton.
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     Attempt to commit a crime (Law), such an intentional
        preparatory act as will apparently result, if not
        extrinsically hindered, in a crime which it was designed
        to effect. --Wharton.
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     Syn: Attempt, Endeavor, Effort, Exertion, Trial.
  
     Usage: These words agree in the idea of calling forth our
            powers into action. Trial is the generic term; it
            denotes a putting forth of one's powers with a view to
            determine what they can accomplish; as, to make trial
            of one's strength. An attempt is always directed to
            some definite and specific object; as, "The attempt,
            and not the deed, confounds us." --Shak. An endeavor
            is a continued attempt; as, "His high endeavor and his
            glad success." --Cowper. Effort is a specific putting
            forth of strength in order to carry out an attempt.
            Exertion is the putting forth or active exercise of
            any faculty or power. "It admits of all degrees of
            effort and even natural action without effort." --C.
            J. Smith. See Try.
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