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verb (used with object)
  1. 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.
  2. to intend or direct for a particular effect or purpose: to aim a satire at snobbery.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to point or direct a gun, punch, etc., toward: He aimed at the target but missed it.
  2. to strive; try (usually followed by to or at): We aim to please. They aim at saving something every month.
  3. to intend: She aims to go tomorrow.
  4. to direct efforts, as toward an object: The satire aimed at modern greed.
  5. Obsolete. to estimate; guess.
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noun
  1. the act of aiming or directing anything at or toward a particular point or target.
  2. the direction in which a weapon or missile is pointed; the line of sighting: within the cannon's aim.
  3. the point intended to be hit; thing or person aimed at: to miss one's aim.
  4. something intended or desired to be attained by one's efforts; purpose: whatever his aim in life may be.
  5. Obsolete. conjecture; guess.
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Idioms
  1. take aim, to sight a target: to take aim and fire.
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Origin of aim

1275–1325; late Middle English aimen < Anglo-French a(e)smer, eimer, Old French aesmer < Vulgar Latin *adaestimāre, equivalent to Latin ad- ad- + aestimāre (see estimate); replacing Middle English amen < Old French (dial.) amer < Latin aestimāre
Related formsaim·er, nounaim·ful, adjectiveaim·ful·ly, adverbmis·aim, verb, nounun·aimed, adjectiveun·aim·ing, adjectiveun·der·aim, nounun·der·aim, verbwell-aimed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. point. 8. sighting. 10. target, objective. 11. goal; intent, design.

Synonym study

11. Aim, end, object all imply something that is the goal of one's efforts. Aim implies that toward which one makes a direct line, refusing to be diverted from it: a nobleness of aim; one's aim in life. End emphasizes the goal as a cause of efforts: the end for which one strives. Object emphasizes the goal as that toward which all efforts are directed: the object of years of study.
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Examples from the Web for aimer

Historical Examples

  • Every morning at this hour they have a weary tussle with the verb "aimer," "to love."

    Nancy

    Rhoda Broughton

  • In the first case the unaccented, in the second the accented form has prevailed—Modern French parle, parler; aime, aimer.

  • In French chercher—rocher is a better rhyme than aimer—rocher (in each case with the accent on the last syllable).

  • Aimer quelqu'un, c'est à la fois lui ôter le droit, et lui donner la puissance de nous faire souffrir.

    Prisoners

    Mary Cholmondeley

  • Voltaire—that hardened old cynic—laid it down that the true ends of life are "aimer et penser."

    The Problem of China

    Bertrand Russell


British Dictionary definitions for aimer

aim

verb
  1. to point (a weapon, missile, etc) or direct (a blow) at a particular person or object; level
  2. (tr) to direct (satire, criticism, etc) at a person, object, etc
  3. (intr; foll by at or an infinitive) to propose or intendwe aim to leave early
  4. (intr; often foll by at or for) to direct one's efforts or strive (towards)to aim at better communications; to aim high
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noun
  1. the action of directing something at an object
  2. the direction in which something is pointed; line of sighting (esp in the phrase to take aim)
  3. the object at which something is aimed; target
  4. intention; purpose
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Word Origin

C14: via Old French aesmer from Latin aestimāre to estimate

AIM

abbreviation for
  1. (in Britain) Alternative Investment Market
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Word Origin and History for aimer

aim

n.

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.

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aim

v.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with aimer

aim

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