[ 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.
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Idioms for aim
take aim, to sight a target: to take aim and fire.
Origin of aim
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.
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
Words nearby aim
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British Dictionary definitions for misaim (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 misaim (2 of 2)
(in Britain) Alternative Investment Market
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Idioms and Phrases with misaim
In addition to the idiom beginning with aim
- aim to
- take aim
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