verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of aim
Synonyms for aim
Related Words for aimdesire, direction, target, wish, aspiration, intention, intent, purpose, ambition, objective, plan, intend, propose, focus, direct, try, design, want, address, mean
Examples from the Web for aim
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of aim
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
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with aim
- aim to
- take aim