aim

verb
\ ˈām How to pronounce aim (audio) \
aimed; aiming; aims

Definition of aim

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to direct a course specifically : to point a weapon at an object Aim carefully before shooting.
2 : aspire, intend She aims to win.

transitive verb

1a : point aim a gun
b : to direct toward a specified object or goal a story aimed at children
2 obsolete : guess, conjecture

aim

noun

Definition of aim (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : the pointing of a weapon at a mark She took 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.
2 : a clearly directed intent or purpose Our aim is to win.

3 obsolete

b : the directing of effort toward a goal
4 obsolete : mark, target

Definition of AIM (Entry 3 of 3)

American Indian Movement

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Noun

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

Examples of aim in a Sentence

Verb

He aimed the gun carefully before shooting. Don't aim that pistol at me! He aimed carefully before shooting. Try to aim the antenna in the right direction. She aimed the telescope at a point in the eastern sky. She aimed at a point in the eastern sky. He aimed the stone at the dog but missed. The throw from the shortstop was poorly aimed. well-aimed and badly aimed kicks He aimed his criticism primarily at parents.

Noun

a political movement whose aim is to promote world peace Our ultimate aim is to create something of lasting value. The book has two basic aims. She was unable to achieve her aims. I started this business with the aim of making a profit. He fired at the target but his aim was off and he missed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The meaning of Black Pink aims to contradict the common perception of the color pink. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Who is BLACKPINK? Everything You Need To Know About The K-Pop Girl Group Topping Charts," 19 Apr. 2019 Amazon’s aiming for a second-half launch for its earbuds, Bloomberg said. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft could challenge Apple's AirPods with wireless Surface earbuds," 15 Apr. 2019 Early enrollees aim for positive first impressions Oh, and there’s a lot of them. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Washington opens spring football this week. These are the top story lines to watch.," 1 Apr. 2019 In those categories, aim for variety and seek out the following options, when available. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "The Best Breastfeeding Diet," 25 Feb. 2019 Instead of daily washes, aim for two to three days a week. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "Color Your Hair? Four Things You Should Never Do in the Shower," 16 Nov. 2018 Representatives from Uber, Lime, and Lyft, who are all running non-partisan programs aimed at encouraging overall turnout, have not noticed campaigns making these free trips a central part of their get-out-the-vote operations. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Free rides to the polls test the transit and turnout connection," 1 Nov. 2018 The goal should be to aim for a balance of shiny and matte textures. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "A Color Expert Reveals the Power of Greige Paint," 27 Feb. 2019 The new clothing drop, which has its own Go Fund Me page, specifically aims to raise funds to build an additional wing at the Border Angels shelter in Tijuana. Vogue, "A New Fashion Collaboration Is Pushing for Positive Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border," 22 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The aim is to boost lackluster online fundraising, according to a person familiar with the campaign. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Elizabeth Warren Passes on Big-Ticket Fundraisers in Primary Campaign," 25 Feb. 2019 The aim is to create gatherings that give artists in their circle ways to make a political impact. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "How America Ferrera Is Inspiring Celebrities to Get Political," 11 Feb. 2019 But to all the MAGA eggs currently opening Twitter to take aim at me, consider, too, that opposition to the State of the Union is not Trump-specific, or even new. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "America Doesn't Need the State of the Union Address Anymore—Especially Not From Trump," 5 Feb. 2019 But if it is handled clumsily, the situation could develop in a direction that sees northern Mozambique become a zone for launching assaults and furthering the aims of criminal networks across the region. Christopher Torchia, The Seattle Times, "Opaque insurgency grinds on in gas-rich Mozambican region," 8 Jan. 2019 In the transcript, the company’s search chief Ben Gomes discussed an aim to roll out the service between January and April 2019. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable," 12 Dec. 2018 The Facebook patents demonstrate a far more specific intent to track, with fairly explicit aims. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Advertisers can easily track you, your kid, your doctor, and the president," 11 Dec. 2018 Get regular exercise and aim for 10,000 steps a day. Stacey Colino, Woman's Day, "If You Experienced Pregnancy Complications, Your Heart May Be at Risk," 4 Dec. 2018 These speakers from Divoom aim to change that, with a hefty dose of nostalgia and color. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Bluetooth Speaker Looks Just Like A Tiny Retro TV," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of aim

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for aim

Verb and Noun

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

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aim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of aim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

aim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aim (Entry 2 of 2)

: a goal or purpose
: the ability to hit a target

aim

verb
\ ˈām How to pronounce aim (audio) \
aimed; aiming

Kids Definition of aim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

aim

noun

Kids Definition of aim (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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