- 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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- American Indian Movement.
Examples from the Web for aim
And, as Gow adds wryly from his own personal experience, “To a huge extent they achieved that aim very well.”‘Nazi Cows’ Tried to Kill British Farmer
January 6, 2015
To “link up the beachheads and peg out claims well inland” was necessarily the first aim of Overlord.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
Their aim was to make beautiful art—and hopefully spark a conversation.Anatomy of a Drone Porn: ‘Drone Boning’ Makes Sex Look Like Art
November 8, 2014
It just seemed Monday night, as it has throughout, that her aim was off.Mitch McConnell-Alison Lundergan Grimes Debate Leaves Kentucky Hanging
October 14, 2014
The aim is very pragmatic and much less idealistic than, say, similar protests in Egypt or Turkey in the last few years.Beijing/Hong Kong: A Tale of Two Cities as Demonstrations Continue
October 1, 2014
We aim at the assurance of a rounded and permanent national life.
My whole study and aim was to do right—to be just to my hands and do my duty to my employer.Biography of a Slave
It is the aim of the present dissertation to accomplish this.
It now becomes my aim today to lay siege to this town and capture it.
I don't know what you mean, and my only aim is to please master in everything.The Imaginary Invalid
- 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 aim
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.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with aim
In addition to the idiom beginning with aim
- aim to
- take aim