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attempt vb. (ordinary sense of ‘endeavour’ freq.; 2 is 16th-17th c.)
1. to try to win, obtain, or subdue Wiv. IV. ii. 230, Tim. I. i. 127, Lr. II. ii. 129 “him attempting who was self-subdu'”
2. to try to move or influence Mer.V. IV. i. 422 “I must attempt you further.”
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 2.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 4.1
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