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aim

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of aim

  1. something that one hopes or intends to accomplish the main aim of a trip to the city is to shop for school clothes, but we always go to the artisans' market, too Synonyms of aim goal, ambition, aspiration, bourne (also bourn), design, dream, end, idea, ideal, intent, intention, mark, meaning, object, objective, plan, point, pretension, purpose, target, thingWords Related to aim grail, holy grail; plot, project, scheme; desire, hope, mind, wish; nirvana; destination, terminusNear Antonyms of aim means, method, way

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

aim

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of aim

  1. 1 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal the anti-drug campaign was aimed primarily at preteens Synonyms of aim bend, cast, direct, head, hold, level, pinpoint, set, train Words Related to aim sight; bear, face; concentrate, focus; incline, orient, steer Near Antonyms of aim avert, curve, deflect, detour, divert, rechannel, shunt, sidetrack

  2. 2 to have in mind as a purpose or goal aimed to have his paper all done in time to go to the movies Synonyms of aim intend, allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], aspire, calculate, contemplate, design, go [chiefly Southern & Midland], look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purposeWords Related to aim dream, hope, wish; consider, debate, mull (over), ponder; attempt, endeavor, strive, struggle, try; plot, scheme; accomplish, achieve, effect, execute, perform



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