to point (a firearm, ball, etc.) so that the thing discharged or thrown will hit a target: [~ + object]The police officer aimed the pistol and fired.[no object]He turned, aimed, and fired all in one motion.[~ + at + object]She aimed at the target.[~ + object + at + object]She aimed a kick at him.
to direct toward a particular goal:[~ + object + at + object]The lawyer aimed his remarks at the jury.
to strive; try: [~ + at + verb-ing]We aim at pleasing everyone.[~ + to + verb]We aim to please.
[~ + to + verb] to intend: She aims to go tomorrow.
the act of directing anything at or toward a target:[uncountable]How good is your aim?
the direction in which a weapon or missile is pointed:[uncountable]His aim was a little off.
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 fol. 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.
[Obs.]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.
take aim, to sight a target:to take aim and fire.
aim′er,n. aim′ful,adj. aim′ful•ly,adv.
Old French (dialect, dialectal) amer
Vulgar Latin *adaestimāre, equivalent. to Latin ad-ad- + aestimāre (see estimate); replacing Middle English amen
Anglo-French a(e)smer, eimer, Old French aesmer
late Middle English aimen 1275–1325
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged point.
8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sighting.
10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged target, objective.
11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged goal; intent, design. 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.
Collocations: aim to [eliminate, provide, achieve, change, improve], the [attackers, terrorists] were aiming to kill [civilians, innocent people], have the aim of [improving, finishing, restoring], more...
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