verb \ˈām\

: 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

Full Definition of AIM

intransitive verb
:  to direct a course; specifically :  to point a weapon at an object
:  aspire, intend <she aims to win>
transitive verb
obsolete :  guess, conjecture
a :  point <aim a gun>
b :  to direct toward a specified object or goal <a story aimed at children>

Examples of AIM

  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 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



: a goal or purpose

: the ability to hit a target

Full Definition of AIM

obsolete :  mark, target
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>
a :  conjecture, guess
b :  the directing of effort toward a goal
:  a clearly directed intent or purpose <our aim is to win>
aim·less \-ləs\ adjective
aim·less·ly adverb
aim·less·ness noun

Examples of AIM

  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.

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

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AIM Defined for Kids


verb \ˈām\

Definition of AIM for Kids

:  to point a weapon toward an object
:  intend <We aim to please.>
:  to direct toward an object or goal <He aimed the stone at the tree.> <The exercise is aimed at improving balance.>

Word History of 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 Kids

:  the ability to hit a target <His aim was excellent.>
:  the pointing of a weapon at a target <She took careful aim.>
:  a goal or purpose <Our aim is to win.>


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