- to position or direct (a firearm, ball, arrow, rocket, etc.) so that, on firing or release, the discharged projectile will hit a target or travel along a certain path.
- to intend or direct for a particular effect or purpose: to aim a satire at snobbery.
- to point or direct a gun, punch, etc., toward: He aimed at the target but missed it.
- to strive; try (usually followed by to or at): We aim to please. They aim at saving something every month.
- to intend: She aims to go tomorrow.
- to direct efforts, as toward an object: The satire aimed at modern greed.
- Obsolete. to estimate; guess.
- the act of aiming or directing anything at or toward a particular point or target.
- the direction in which a weapon or missile is pointed; the line of sighting: within the cannon's aim.
- the point intended to be hit; thing or person aimed at: to miss one's aim.
- something intended or desired to be attained by one's efforts; purpose: whatever his aim in life may be.
- Obsolete. conjecture; guess.
- take aim, to sight a target: to take aim and fire.
Origin of aim
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Examples from the Web for aimed
I was lost, fresh back from Vietnam, searching, maybe, for a peril the equivalent of war but aimed in the direction of life.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
All is aimed at inculcating young minds with the ISIS ideology.Darkness at Noon Prayers: Inside the Islamic Police State
November 5, 2014
He helped set up an institute in Mexico aimed at improving wheat and corn production.Growth Stocks
The Daily Beast
October 17, 2014
What do you think of books that are written today aimed at younger demographics, like The Hunger Games.R.L. Stine’s Secret to Scaring the Crap Out of Kids
October 3, 2014
He oversaw a brutal regime, aimed at instilling respect, deference and acceptance of duty into the princes.Kate and William’s Royal Family Values
September 22, 2014
Still there were other and nearer roads to the point I aimed at.
He thinks that every bullet is going to hit him, and that every shot is aimed at him.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Thoroughness and accuracy are two principal points to be aimed at in study.Self-Help
He aimed at it with a crumpled envelope he held in his hand, and hit it.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
But she did not speak to Eleanore now, her talk like Joe's was aimed at me.The Harbor
- to point (a weapon, missile, etc) or direct (a blow) at a particular person or object; level
- (tr) to direct (satire, criticism, etc) at a person, object, etc
- (intr; foll by at or an infinitive) to propose or intendwe aim to leave early
- (intr; often foll by at or for) to direct one's efforts or strive (towards)to aim at better communications; to aim high
- the action of directing something at an object
- the direction in which something is pointed; line of sighting (esp in the phrase to take aim)
- the object at which something is aimed; target
- intention; purpose
- (in Britain) Alternative Investment Market
Word Origin and History for aimed
early 14c., "target;" late 14c., "guess;" from aim (v.). Meaning "action of aiming" is from early 15c. (to take aim, originally make aim); that of "thing intended, purpose" is from 1620s.
early 14c., "to estimate, calculate," also "to intend," from Old French aesmer "value, rate; count, estimate," from Latin aestimare "appraise" (see estimation); current meaning apparently developed from "esteem," to "calculate," to "calculate with a view to action" (c.1400), then to "direct a missile, a blow, etc." (1570s). Related: Aimed; aiming.