[ eym ]
/ eɪm /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
Words nearby aim
Idioms for aim
take aim, to sight a target: to take aim and fire.
Origin of aim
OTHER WORDS FROM aim
aim·er, nounaim·ful, adjectiveaim·ful·ly, adverbmis·aim, verb, noun
un·aimed, adjectiveun·aim·ing, adjectiveun·der·aim, nounun·der·aim, verbwell-aimed, adjective
synonym study for aim
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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British Dictionary definitions for aimful (1 of 2)
/ (eɪm) /
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
Word Origin for aim
C14: via Old French aesmer from Latin aestimāre to estimate
British Dictionary definitions for aimful (2 of 2)
(in Britain) Alternative Investment Market
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Idioms and Phrases with aimful
In addition to the idiom beginning with aim
- aim to
- take aim
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