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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
aim /eɪm/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. 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.
  2. to direct toward a particular goal:[~ + object + at + object]The lawyer aimed his remarks at the jury.
  3. to strive;
    try: [~ + at + verb-ing]We aim at pleasing everyone.[~ + to + verb]We aim to please.
  4. [+ to + verb] to intend: She aims to go tomorrow.

  1. the act of directing anything at or toward a target:[uncountable]How good is your aim?
  2. the direction in which a weapon or missile is pointed:[uncountable]His aim was a little off.
  3. [uncountable] the point to be hit: to miss one's aim.
  4. purpose;
    intention:[countable]It is my aim to reform the program.
  1. Idioms take aim (at), [take + ~ (+ at + object)] to point a weapon or one's efforts at:took aim at the target; took aim at reforming the bureaucrats.

aim•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
aim  (ām),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. 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.
  2. to intend or direct for a particular effect or purpose:to aim a satire at snobbery.

  1. to point or direct a gun, punch, etc., toward:He aimed at the target but missed it.
  2. to strive;
    try (usually fol. by to or at):We aim to please. They aim at saving something every month.
  3. to intend:She aims to go tomorrow.
  4. to direct efforts, as toward an object:The satire aimed at modern greed.
  5. [Obs.]to estimate;

  1. the act of aiming or directing anything at or toward a particular point or target.
  2. the direction in which a weapon or missile is pointed;
    the line of sighting:within the cannon's aim.
  3. the point intended to be hit;
    thing or person aimed at:to miss one's aim.
  4. something intended or desired to be attained by one's efforts;
    purpose:whatever his aim in life may be.
  5. [Obs.]conjecture;
  6. take aim, to sight a target:to take aim and fire.
aimer, n. 
aimful, adj. 
aimful•ly, adv. 
  • Latin aestimāre
  • 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.

AIM  (ām),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. American Indian Movement.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
aim /eɪm/ vb
  1. to point (a weapon, missile, etc) or direct (a blow) at a particular person or object; level
  2. (transitive) to direct (satire, criticism, etc) at a person, object, etc
  3. (intr; followed by at or an infinitive) to propose or intend
  4. (intr; often followed by at or for) to direct one's efforts or strive (towards)
  1. the action of directing something at an object
  2. the direction in which something is pointed; line of sighting (esp in the phrase to take aim)
  3. the object at which something is aimed; target
  4. intention; purpose
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French aesmer from Latin aestimāre to estimate
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
AIM abbreviation for
  1. (in Britain) Alternative Investment Market
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