Aim - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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


- an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions (syn: design, intent, intention, purpose)
it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs
- 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
he took aim and fired
- the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies (syn: bearing, heading)


- point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards (syn: direct, take, train)
Please don't aim at your little brother!
- propose or intend (syn: propose, purport, purpose)
I aim to arrive at noon
- 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)
He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face
- direct (a remark) toward an intended goal
She wanted to aim a gun.
- have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal (syn: aspire)

Extra 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.

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.

It was our aim to complete the work before the end of the month.

Word forms

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