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
He is a representative of the Free Russia Foundation, an organization which aims to rebuild freedom and democracy in Russia.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A major part of the Obama initiative aims to get more and better Internet access for the Cuban people.Obama Realizes What 10 Presidents Didn’t: Isolating Cuba Doesn’t Work | Christopher Dickey | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
AFP, for its part, aims to get three witnesses or reports for every incident.ISIS Fighters Are Killing Faster than Statisticians Can Count | Peter Schwartzstein | December 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It aims to eliminate the biggest bottleneck in a bar—processing payments.
Any news group that aims for the elusive ideal of objectivity is de facto liberal, in their view.Pew Study: Americans Are Self-Segregating Amid Proliferating Partisan Media | John Avlon | October 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Like art, too, on its representative side, play aims at producing an imitation or semblance of something.Children's Ways | James Sully
The child now aims at constructing a particular linear representation, that of a man, a horse, or what not.Children's Ways | James Sully
The shortening of the general hours of work, then, should be among the primary aims of social reform.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Proud as she was of her husband, his aims, and his position in the community, his friends and their themes frankly bored her.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
A short triumph will be followed by a deep mortification, and the selfishness of their aims defeats itself.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
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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