1. attempt to do something to try to do something, especially something difficult They were attempting to climb the mountain. 2. try to do something In everyday spoken English, you say that you will try and do something （=try to do something）: I tried to call him at home. 3. Dare to do sth （dare somebody to do something） to be brave enough to do something that is risky or that you are afraid to do – used especially in questions or negative sentences Karen dared to ask why. They dared Ed to steal a bottle of his father’s whiskey.