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.

Primary Meanings of aim

1.
vn
point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
the action of directing something at an object
2.
vn
propose or intend
the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
3.
v
direct (a remark) toward an intended goal
Full Definitions of aim
1

v 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
Types:
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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

v intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

“He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face”
Synonyms:
direct, place, point, target
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

n the action of directing something at an object

“he took aim and fired”
Type of:
direction, guidance, steering
the act of setting and holding a course

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

Synonyms:
bearing, heading
Types:
tack
the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails
Type of:
direction, way
a line leading to a place or point
2

v propose or intend

“I aim to arrive at noon”
Synonyms:
propose, purport, purpose
Type of:
intend, mean, think
have in mind as a purpose

v have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

Synonyms:
aspire, draw a bead on, shoot for
Types:
overshoot
aim too high
overrun
run beyond or past
Type of:
be after, plan
have the will and intention to carry out some action

v move into a desired direction of discourse

Synonyms:
drive, get
Type of:
intend, mean
mean or intend to express or convey

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

Synonyms:
calculate, direct
Type of:
designate, destine, intend, specify
design or destine

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

Synonyms:
object, objective, target
Types:
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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
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

n 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, purpose
Types:
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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
3

v direct (a remark) toward an intended goal

“She wanted to aim a pun”
Type of:
intend, mean
mean or intend to express or convey

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