Definitions for: Aim


[n] the action of directing something at an object; "he took aim and fired"
[n] the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"
[n] an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "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"
[n] the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
[v] intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
[v] have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
[v] propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"
[v] specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
[v] direct (a remark) toward an intended goal; "She wanted to aim a pun"
[v] move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you driving at?"
[v] aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; "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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Aim, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Aimed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Aiming.] [OE. amen, aimen, eimen, to guess at, to estimate,
to aim, OF. esmer, asmer, fr. L. aestimare to estimate; or
perh. fr. OF. aesmer; ? (L. ad) + esmer. See Estimate.]
1. To point or direct a missile weapon, or a weapon which
propels as missile, towards an object or spot with the
intent of hitting it; as, to aim at a fox, or at a target.

2. To direct the indention or purpose; to attempt the
accomplishment of a purpose; to try to gain; to endeavor;
-- followed by at, or by an infinitive; as, to aim at
distinction; to aim to do well.

Aim'st thou at princes? --Pope.

3. To guess or conjecture. [Obs.] --Shak.


Aim, v. t.
To direct or point, as a weapon, at a particular object; to
direct, as a missile, an act, or a proceeding, at, to, or
against an object; as, to aim a musket or an arrow, the fist
or a blow (at something); to aim a satire or a reflection (at
some person or vice).


Aim, n. [Cf. OF. esme estimation, fr. esmer. See Aim, v.
i.]
1. The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow,
in the line of direction with the object intended to be
struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a
spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular
point or object, with a view to strike or affect it.

Each at the head leveled his deadly aim. --Milton.

2. The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be
attained or affected.

To be the aim of every dangerous shot. --Shak.

3. Intention; purpose; design; scheme.

How oft ambitious aims are crossed! --Pope.

4. Conjecture; guess. [Obs.]

What you would work me to, I have some aim. --Shak.

To cry aim (Archery), to encourage. [Obs.] --Shak.

Syn: End; object; scope; drift; design; purpose; intention;
scheme; tendency; aspiration.

Synonyms: aspire, bearing, calculate, design, direct, direct, drive, get, heading, intent, intention, object, objective, place, point, propose, purport, purpose, purpose, shoot for, target, target

See Also: address, aim, be after, business, charge, cross-purpose, designate, destine, direction, direction, end, goal, guidance, hold, home in, idea, intend, intend, level, mean, mean, mind, overshoot, plan, point, position, range in, sake, specify, steering, swing, tack, take, take aim, thing, think, train, turn, view, way, will, zero in

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