Definition of Aim in English :

Define Aim in English

Aim meaning in English

Meaning of Aim in English

Pronunciation of Aim in English

Aim pronunciation in English

Pronounce Aim in English


see synonyms of aim


1. aim, design, intent, intention, purpose

an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

Example Sentences:
'his intent was to provide a new translation'
'good intentions are not enough'
'it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs'
'he made no secret of his designs'

2. aim, object, objective, target

the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

Example Sentences:
'the sole object of her trip was to see her children'

3. aim

the action of directing something at an object

Example Sentences:
'he took aim and fired'

4. aim, bearing, heading

the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies


5. aim, direct, take, take aim, train

point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

Example Sentences:
'Please don't aim at your little brother!'
'He trained his gun on the burglar'
'Don't train your camera on the women'
'Take a swipe at one's opponent'

6. aim, propose, purport, purpose

propose or intend

Example Sentences:
'I aim to arrive at noon'

7. aim, drive, get

move into a desired direction of discourse

Example Sentences:
'What are you driving at?'

8. aim, calculate, direct

specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

9. aim, direct, place, point, target

intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

Example Sentences:
'He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face'
'criticism directed at her superior'
'direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself'

10. aim

direct (a remark) toward an intended goal

Example Sentences:
'She wanted to aim a pun'

11. aim, aspire, draw a bead on, shoot for

have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of aim
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; foll by at or an infinitive)
to propose or intend
we aim to leave early
4. (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
intention; purpose
abbreviation for
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see synonyms of aim
verb intransitive, verb transitive
to point (a weapon) or direct (a blow, remark, etc.) so as to hit
to direct (one's efforts)
we aimed at full victory
to try or intend (to do or be something)
4.  Obsolete
to guess or conjecture
the act of aiming
the ability to hit a target
a weapon's accuracy
the aim is accurate up to 100 feet
the object to be attained; intention or purpose
8.  Obsolete
a guess or conjecture

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of aim
v. aimed, aim·ing, aims
a. To direct (a weapon or camera) toward a point.
b. To direct or propel (an object, such as a ball) toward a point: aimed the pass at a wide receiver; aimed the shot at the lower right corner of the goal.
2. To direct toward or intend for a particular goal or group: The publicity campaign was aimed at improving the eating habits of children.
a. To direct a weapon or camera: The sniper aimed carefully.
b. To direct or propel an object toward a point: aimed for the far goalpost.
2. To determine a course or direct an effort: aim for a better education.
3. To propose to do something; intend: The historical society is aiming to restore the town hall.
a. The act of aiming: Take careful aim.
b. The ability to hit a target or intended point: a marksman with extraordinary aim.
c. The degree of accuracy of a weapon or of a person aiming a weapon or propelled object: Your aim was way off on that throw.
2. A purpose or intention toward which one's efforts are directed: My aim was to try to make him laugh. See Synonyms at intention.

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