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verb \ˈām\

Simple Definition of aim

  • : to point (a weapon) at a target

  • : to point (a device) at something

  • : to direct (something, such as a missile, a ball, a punch, or a kick) at a target

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of aim

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to direct a course; specifically :  to point a weapon at an object

  3. 2 :  aspire, intend <she aims to win>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 obsolete :  guess, conjecture

  6. 2 a :  point <aim a gun> b :  to direct toward a specified object or goal <a story aimed at children>

Examples of aim in a sentence

  1. He aimed the gun carefully before shooting.

  2. Don't aim that pistol at me!

  3. He aimed carefully before shooting.

  4. Try to aim the antenna in the right direction.

  5. She aimed the telescope at a point in the eastern sky.

  6. She aimed at a point in the eastern sky.

  7. He aimed the stone at the dog but missed.

  8. The throw from the shortstop was poorly aimed.

  9. well-aimed and badly aimed kicks

  10. He aimed his criticism primarily at parents.

Origin and Etymology of aim

Middle English, from Anglo-French aesmer & esmer; Anglo-French aesmer, from a- (from Latin ad-) + esmer to estimate, from Latin aestimare

First Known Use: 14th century




Simple Definition of aim

  • : a goal or purpose

  • : the ability to hit a target

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of aim

  1. 1 obsolete :  mark, target

  2. 2 a :  the pointing of a weapon at a mark <take careful aim> b :  the ability to hit a target <a shooter with good aim> c :  a weapon's accuracy or effectiveness <the gun's aim is off>

  3. 3 obsolete a :  conjecture, guess b :  the directing of effort toward a goal

  4. 4 :  a clearly directed intent or purpose <our aim is to win>


play \-ləs\ adjective





Examples of aim in a sentence

  1. a political movement whose aim is to promote world peace

  2. Our ultimate aim is to create something of lasting value.

  3. The book has two basic aims.

  4. She was unable to achieve her aims.

  5. I started this business with the aim of making a profit.

  6. He fired at the target but his aim was off and he missed.

14th Century

First Known Use of aim

14th century

Synonym Discussion of aim

intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal mean what one intends to accomplish or attain. intention implies little more than what one has in mind to do or bring about <announced his intention to marry>. intent suggests clearer formulation or greater deliberateness <the clear intent of the statute>. purpose suggests a more settled determination <being successful was her purpose in life>. design implies a more carefully calculated plan <the order of events came by accident, not design>. aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or accomplishing <her aim was to raise film to an art form>. end stresses the intended effect of action often in distinction or contrast to the action or means as such <willing to use any means to achieve his end>. object may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need <his constant object was the achievement of pleasure>. objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable <their objective is to seize the oil fields>. goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship <worked years to reach her goals>.



Definition of AIM

  1. American Indian Movement

AIM Defined for Kids



verb \ˈām\

Definition of aim for Students



  1. 1 :  to point a weapon toward an object

  2. 2 :  intend <We aim to please.>

  3. 3 :  to direct toward an object or goal <He aimed the stone at the tree.> <The exercise is aimed at improving balance.>

History for aim

Both aim and estimate come from a Latin verb aestimare, meaning “to value” or “to estimate.” Through sound changes over the centuries aestimare became in Old French esmer, which meant “to aim, direct, or adjust,” as well as “to appreciate” and “to estimate.” English borrowed the word aim from the Old French word, and then took the word estimate directly from Latin.




Definition of aim for Students

  1. 1 :  the ability to hit a target <His aim was excellent.>

  2. 2 :  the pointing of a weapon at a target <She took careful aim.>

  3. 3 :  a goal or purpose <Our aim is to win.>

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