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
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Take 2 Risk & Safety aims to offer consulting services to make productions and live events safer for all involved, as well as to help identify operational risks and optimize insurance plans.—Caroline Brew, Variety, 24 Nov. 2023 This change, also aimed at improving representation and inclusion, follows extensive consultation within the BRITs organization and relevant industry and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) groups, including the BPI’s own Equity & Justice Advisory Group (EJAG).—Paul Grein, Billboard, 24 Nov. 2023 Every state transportation department has developed plans to complete a nationwide network of chargers, aided by $5 billion from the infrastructure law -- a step aimed at reducing anxiety about not finding somewhere to plug in.—Ian Duncan The Washington Post, arkansasonline.com, 23 Nov. 2023 After leaving the White House in 1981, the Carters started The Carter Center, a health and human rights organization aimed at alleviating human suffering around the globe.—Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 Police officials have already undertaken new efforts of their own, including holding hiring expos aimed specifically at women.—San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 On Tuesday, Israel and Hamas agreed to a temporary truce aimed at facilitating the release of hostages.—Erin B. Logan, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 The venture includes Empower Global, an e-commerce marketplace launched in 2021 aimed at supporting Black entrepreneurs.—Nicole Childers, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023 This provision seems in part aimed at putting beyond reproach Justices who speak at law schools, including the conservative-leaning Antonin Scalia Law School, which has welcomed Thomas, Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh onto its faculty.—Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023
Biden has spent the better part of the last calendar year hosting Indo-Pacific leaders, with the unspoken aim of countering China's military and economic buildup in the region.—Christian Datoc, Washington Examiner, 13 Nov. 2023 Saudi Arabia hosted Muslim and Arab leaders Saturday in Riyadh with the aim of devising their own cohesive strategy on Gaza.—TIME, 11 Nov. 2023 Dairy cows are inseminated with the aim of creating a beef-dairy hybrid calf that will reach maturity quickly.—Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 In Pennsylvania, Republicans have cleared a path for David McCormick with the aim of avoiding a bruising primary and strengthening their bid against Senator Bob Casey, who is seeking a fourth six-year term.—Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Our aim is to help the next generation of musicians, songwriters, producers, managers, agents and other industry professionals to go after their dreams and turn them into reality.—Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 2 Nov. 2023 According to a statement provided to Travel + Leisure, the trip's aim is to honor and celebrate the nation's gender equality, which, according to the World Economic Forum, surpasses the U.S. and many nations in Europe, coming in eighth on its Global Gender Gap list.—Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 1 Nov. 2023 Malevolent actors can harness this unique feature to deliberately distribute content lacking in important context in the aim of pulling at emotional heartstrings to further their motives.—Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2023 The aim is to condense everything down to its pure essence, albeit with sophisticated touches, such as a thin bronze line cutting through the table and benches.—Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 29 Oct. 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English, from Anglo-French aesmer & esmer; Anglo-French aesmer, from a- (from Latin ad-) + esmer to estimate, from Latin aestimare