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

This year most contenders are taking positions that aim to attract activists who work and vote in early primaries and caucuses—but that could result in landslide defeat in November. Ted Van Dyk, WSJ, "How Democrats Can Avoid Losing," 30 May 2019 SpaceX's Starlink satellites aim to provide internet service on a global scale, especially in underserved areas, a similar plan pitched by other tech companies like Facebook and Google. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX's Starlink Satellites Put on a Celestial Show Over the Netherlands," 29 May 2019 The Indy 500 runs on a 2.5-mile circuit where the drivers will aim to complete 200 laps. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Everything You Need to Know about the Indianapolis 500," 25 May 2019 And raising, drawing, and aiming one’s bow at a target will not just improve upper-body strength and hand-eye coordination, but help quiet the mind with its meditative qualities. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Trampoline Classes to Jump Roping, 6 Throwback Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Exercise," 24 May 2019 While research and resources are primarily aimed towards cisgender women, HSDD can impact people of all genders. Corinne Werder, Allure, "The Shame-Free Guide to Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder," 23 May 2019 Years and Years stars Thompson as a politician aiming to stoke fear and resentment. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Emma Thompson's Years and Years on HBO Is Your New TV Addiction," 21 May 2019 Gillibrand also co-authored the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act which was introduced to the House in 2017 and aimed to make trafficking firearms a federal crime. Teen Vogue, "Why Kristen Gillibrand Changed Her Position on Guns," 21 May 2019 The Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C5FM) and the Chromebook Spin 11 have both shot well under the $500 price point, but the Chromebook 315 aims even lower. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's Chromebook 315 pairs an AMD processor with a 15.6-inch display for as low as $279.99," 6 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Loading a dart, winching back the bows, and taking aim means a lousy rate of fire. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Thrones' Anti-Dragon Weapon," 6 May 2019 Both parties are readjusting their aims and strategies in the post-probe landscape, pivoting to health care and other issues that are more important for many voters, even with Mueller’s full findings still unknown. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Trump takes victory lap; parties start to pivot past Russia," 27 Mar. 2019 Photo: str/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images China is central to Telsa’s aim of graduating from niche startup to mainstream global auto maker. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "Elon Musk’s China Factory—Now a Field, Soon a Plant—Aims to Pump Out Its First Tesla This Year," 7 Jan. 2019 Skepticism remains over whether Kim is truly committed to achieving this aim, and difficulties may lie in how both the U.S. and North Korea define denuclearization. Suyin Haynes, Time, "President Trump and Kim Jong Un Are Preparing to Finally Meet. Here's What to Know About Their Singapore Summit," 8 June 2018 An even bigger triumph would be regime change in Iran—a far bolder, some would say foolhardy, policy aim, and one that would be very hard indeed to sell to America’s non-Middle Eastern allies. The Economist, "Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order," 7 June 2018 Present-day challenges with the Model 3 are the smelling salts to such aims. Kirsten Korosec, The Verge, "Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting will decide Elon Musk’s future," 5 June 2018 The boundary-making aims and cast of Pose are proof TV has moved past its obsession with sad white men who behave badly. refinery29.com, "Pose Doesn’t Need Its Donald Trump References," 4 June 2018 Getting a young criminal off the streets of Baltimore is the aim, and that is bound to be good for business. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Rodricks: This restaurateur has something for the man who stole from him: a job," 2 June 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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