aim




If you wad up a piece of paper and line up a shot at a wastebasket, you are taking aim. If instead, the paper bounces off your teacher’s head, then your aim was way off.

A purpose or goal is an aim. When you were little, your aim might have been to be a famous astronaut, a movie star, or a police officer. As a verb, aim means to intend, try, or aspire. You may aim to take your dog for three walks every day, but your fenced-in yard tends to make both of you lazy.

Definitions of aim
  1. verb

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

    “Please don’t
    aim at your little brother!”
    synonyms:
    direct, take, take aim, train
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    direct, place, point, target

    intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
    draw a bead on

    aim with a gun
    hold

    aim, point, or direct
    turn

    direct at someone
    swing

    hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement
    charge, level, point

    direct into a position for use
    level

    aim at
    sight

    take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)
    address

    direct a question at someone
    home in, range in, zero in

    direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids
    type of:

    position

    cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation

  2. verb

    intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

    “He
    aimed his fists towards his opponent’s face”
    synonyms:
    direct, place, point, target
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    types:

    address

    direct a question at someone
    home in, range in, zero in

    direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids
    type of:

    direct, take, take aim, train

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

  3. noun

    the action of directing something at an object

    “he took
    aim and fired”
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    direction, guidance, steering

    the act of setting and holding a course

  4. noun

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

    synonyms:
    bearing, heading
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    types:

    tack

    the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails
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    direction, way

    a line leading to a place or point

  5. verb

    propose or intend

    “I
    aim to arrive at noon”
    synonyms:
    propose, purport, purpose
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    type of:

    intend, mean, think

    have in mind as a purpose

  6. verb

    have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

    synonyms:
    aspire, draw a bead on, shoot for
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    types:

    overshoot

    aim too high
    overrun

    run beyond or past
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    be after, plan

    have the will and intention to carry out some action

  7. verb

    move into a desired direction of discourse

    synonyms:
    drive, get
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    type of:

    intend, mean

    mean or intend to express or convey

  8. verb

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

    synonyms:
    calculate, direct
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    type of:

    designate, destine, intend, specify

    design or destine

  9. noun

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

    synonyms:
    object, objective, target
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    grail

    the object of any prolonged endeavor
    business

    an immediate objective
    point

    the object of an activity
    thing

    a special objective
    occasions

    something you have to do
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    end, goal

    the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

  10. noun

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

    “it was created with the conscious
    aim of answering immediate needs”
    synonyms:
    design, intent, intention, mission, purpose
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    idea, mind

    your intention; what you intend to do
    cross-purpose

    a contrary aim
    final cause

    (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process
    sake

    the purpose of achieving or obtaining
    view

    purpose; the phrase `with a view to’ means `with the intention of’ or `for the purpose of’
    will

    a fixed and persistent intent or purpose
    type of:

    end, goal

    the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

  11. verb

    direct (a remark) toward an intended goal

    “She wanted to
    aim a pun”
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    type of:

    intend, mean

    mean or intend to express or convey

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