Aim - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |eɪm|  American pronunciation of the word aim
Brit.  |eɪm|  British pronunciation of the word aim

noun

- an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions(syn: design, intent, intention, purpose)
- the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable) (syn: object, objective, target)
- the action of directing something at an object
- the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies (syn: bearing, heading)

verb

- point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards(syn: direct, take, train)
- propose or intend(syn: propose, purport, purpose)
- move into a desired direction of discourse (syn: drive, get)
- specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public (syn: calculate, direct)
- intend (something) to move towards a certain goal(syn: direct, place, point, target)
- direct (a remark) toward an intended goal
- have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal (syn: aspire)

Examples

He aimed the gun carefully before shooting.

Don't aim that pistol at me!

He aimed carefully before shooting.

Try to aim the antenna in the right direction.

She aimed the telescope at a point in the eastern sky.

She aimed at a point in the eastern sky.

He aimed the stone at the dog but missed.

The throw from the shortstop was poorly aimed.

He aimed his criticism primarily at parents.

a political movement whose aim is to promote world peace

Our ultimate aim is to create something of lasting value.

The book has two basic aims.

She was unable to achieve her aims.

I started this business with the aim of making a profit.

He fired at the target but his aim was off and he missed.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: aim
he/she/it: aims
present participle: aiming
past tense: aimed
past participle: aimed
noun
singular: aim
plural: aims
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