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Meaning & Definition of Aim in English

English

Aim

/em/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • purpose
  • ,
  • intent
  • ,
  • intention
  • ,
  • aim
  • ,
  • design

2. The goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

  • "The sole object of her trip was to see her children"
    synonym:
  • aim
  • ,
  • object
  • ,
  • objective
  • ,
  • target

3. The action of directing something at an object

  • "He took aim and fired"
    synonym:
  • aim

4. The direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies

    synonym:
  • bearing
  • ,
  • heading
  • ,
  • aim

verb

1. Point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • aim
  • ,
  • take
  • ,
  • train
  • ,
  • take aim
  • ,
  • direct

2. Propose or intend

  • "I aim to arrive at noon"
    synonym:
  • aim
  • ,
  • purpose
  • ,
  • purport
  • ,
  • propose

3. Move into a desired direction of discourse

  • "What are you driving at?"
    synonym:
  • drive
  • ,
  • get
  • ,
  • aim

4. Specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

    synonym:
  • calculate
  • ,
  • aim
  • ,
  • direct

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • target
  • ,
  • aim
  • ,
  • place
  • ,
  • direct
  • ,
  • point

6. Direct (a remark) toward an intended goal

  • "She wanted to aim a pun"
    synonym:
  • aim

7. Have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

    synonym:
  • draw a bead on
  • ,
  • aspire
  • ,
  • aim
  • ,
  • shoot for

Examples of using

In every period of transition this riff-raff, which exists in every society, rises to the surface, and is not only without any aim but has not even a symptom of an idea, and merely does its utmost to give expression to uneasiness and impatience.
What is your aim in life?
What do you aim to be?