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Definitions of aim

  1. 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"
  2. the action of directing something at an object; " he took aim and fired"
  3. the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
  4. 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"
  5. have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
  6. propose or intend; " I aim to arrive at noon"
  7. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
  8. direct ( a remark) toward an intended goal; " She wanted to aim a pun"
  9. move into a desired direction of discourse; " What are you driving at?"
  10. 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.
  11. To guess or conjecture.
  12. 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).
  13. 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.
  14. The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected.
  15. Intention; purpose; design; scheme.
  16. Conjecture; guess.
  17. 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.
  18. To endeavor; to point a weapon at something.
  19. To point or direct ( a weapon) so as to hit something.
  20. A purpose; an endeavor; target; the pointing of a weapon.
  21. Aimed.
  22. Aiming.
  23. ( with at) To point at with a weapon: to direct the intention or endeavor.
  24. To point, as a weapon or firearm.
  25. The pointing of a weapon: the thing pointed at: design: intention.
  26. The pointing of a weapon; the object aimed at; purpose.
  27. To point or level at; to endeavor after.
  28. To direct toward a mark or point; point or level; have a purpose; endeavor earnestly.
  29. The act of aiming; line of direction of anything aimed; object or point aimed at; purpose.
  30. The act of aiming; the object aimed at; purpose; design.
  31. To direct or point, as a weapon.
  32. To point at with a missive weapon; to direct the intention or effort; to endeavour.
  33. To throw at an object; to direct a weapon to; to endeavour; to purpose or design.
  34. The object or point intended to be struck; purpose; intention.
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Usage examples for aim

  1. He took aim and fired. – The Boy Allies at Jutland by Robert L. Drake
  2. I aim to sell out to you. – Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories by Rex Beach
  3. He took slow aim. – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage
  4. We might be allowed at some time to put our aim higher and further above us. – Thoughts Out of Season (Part II) by Friedrich Nietzsche
  5. Why do you not aim at me? – The Book of Nature Myths by Florence Holbrook
  6. I have perhaps one small aim of my own- the claim of being allowed to do my duty. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  7. He may think himself certain to pounce on his game, But he's still more certain to fail in his aim. – The Student-Life of Germany by William Howitt
  8. For years the whole aim of my life has been to forget, forget, forget the past. – Jimmie Moore of Bucktown by Melvin Earnest Trotter
  9. But our delight is diminished if we are made conscious of the effort it has cost the artist to attain his aim. – A Book About the Theater by Brander Matthews
  10. When our aim is reached, then to Byzantium! – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  11. He then took aim at a third. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  12. But you got me wrong; I'm plumb proud of you, and just to prove it I aim to make you carry our bank- roll in your name. – Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories by Rex Beach
  13. With a little less angry aim you would have killed it. – A Kentucky Cardinal by James Lane Allen
  14. He felt that he had one aim in life now, and one only; that was to prove to himself and to Reivers that Reivers was not his master. – The Snow-Burner by Henry Oyen
  15. She lived as one without an aim, without a single purpose except to close one day that she might begin the next. – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  16. I could not take aim; I could not tell where the knife struck. – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  17. The more I considered Christianity, the more I felt that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
  18. I saw the one who was left, aim at me with his bow, so, to save my life, I shot him dead. – Robinson Crusoe In Words of One Syllable by Mary Godolphin
  19. That's all we aim for,- all we desire. – Patty Blossom by Carolyn Wells
  20. Nor is the objection well founded, that for people to aim to have rewards will destroy the motive of love. – God's Plan with Men by T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
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