Definition of "aim" []

  • To direct (a weapon) toward an intended target. (verb-transitive)
  • To direct toward or intend for a particular goal or group: The publicity campaign was aimed at improving the eating habits of children. (verb-transitive)
  • To direct a weapon: a gunner aiming carefully. (verb-intransitive)
  • To determine a course or direct an effort: aim for a better education. (verb-intransitive)
  • To propose to do something; intend: The historical society is aiming to restore the town hall. (verb-intransitive)
  • To point (a weapon, missile, etc) or direct (a blow) at a particular person or object; level (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To direct (satire, criticism, etc) at a person, object, etc (verb)
  • To propose or intend (verb)
  • To direct one's efforts or strive (towards) (verb)
  • The action of directing something at an object (noun)
  • The direction in which something is pointed; line of sighting (esp in the phrase to take aim) (noun)
  • The object at which something is aimed; target (noun)
  • Intention; purpose (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "aim" in a sentence
  • "Without the power to do anything, sensitivity becomes our main aim, the aim is not so much to do anything, as to be judged."
  • "But I'm not sure I'd recommend it for someone whose main aim is to get from point A to point B with most of their limbs intact."
  • "The library's main aim is to educate and inspire disenfranchised children who have seen arts education cut from their school curricula, said library and foundation president Valerie Ervin."