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.
Idioms about aim
take aim, to sight a target: to take aim and fire.
- aimer, noun
- aimful, adjective
- aim·ful·ly, adverb
- mis·aim, verb, noun
- un·aimed, adjective
- un·aim·ing, adjective
- un·der·aim, noun
- un·der·aim, verb
- well-aimed, adjective
Other definitions for AIM (2 of 2)
American Indian Movement.
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How to use aim in a sentence
Over in Iowa, Branstad is aiming for a record sixth term in office in his second stint as governor.
Virgin Galactic is, literally, aiming far lower than SpaceX.Tycoons in Space: One in Orbit and One Still Grounded | Clive Irving | October 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In fact, by the way he challenged my thoughts on the case, I thought perhaps he was aiming to stitch up the media.What It's Like to Watch Kate Beckinsale Play You in a Movie | Barbie Latza Nadeau | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It seems that the world is aiming to destroy this country to the ground.
Gareth Pugh Comes to NYFW: English designer Gareth Pugh Aiming is heading to New York Fashion Week this fall.Kate and Lottie Moss May Cover British ‘Vogue’; Penelope Cruz Directs Steamy Film for Agent Provocateur | The Fashion Beast Team | August 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Here they called a halt for a time, and began to hunt vigorously in all directions, aiming at every species of game.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
The pastime consisted of riding on horseback and aiming a lance at one of the holes in the broad end of the crossbar.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
His eyes were sighting along an instrument of his own devising as if he were aiming some super-gun of a great air cruiser.Astounding Stories, May, 1931 | Various
And because of these thoughts he had stood irresolute, aiming without firing, and bidding his Mexicans do the same.Overland | John William De Forest
For greater secrecy of movement, we divided into small parties, aiming to traverse different roads.
British Dictionary definitions for aim (1 of 2)
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 intend: we 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
British Dictionary definitions for AIM (2 of 2)
(in Britain) Alternative Investment Market
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Other Idioms and Phrases with aim
In addition to the idiom beginning with aim
- aim to
- take aim
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