Complete Definition of "aim"

English

Etymology
OE. amen, aimen, eimen, to guess at, to estimate, to aim, OF. esmer, asmer, fr. Latin aestimare to estimate; or perh. fr. OF. aesmer; ? (Latin ad) + esmer.

Pronunciation
IPA|/eɪm/, SAMPA|/eIm/
audio|en-us-aim.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-eɪm|-eɪm

Noun
en-noun

  1. The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, or object, 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.
  2. The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected.
  3. Intention; purpose; design; scheme.
  4. AIM; AOL instant messenger|Instant Messenger.

Usage notes
Sense 3. This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs

Synonyms
aspiration
design
drift
end
intention
object
purpose
scheme
scope
tendency

Translations

Czech: zámÄr m
Dutch: doel n
French: cible m (all)
German: Ziel n
Ido: skopo
Japanese: ç®æ¨ (mokuhyÅ) (3)
mid
Malayalam: à´²à´àµà´·àµà´¯à´ (lakshyam) (2,3)
Swedish: sikte (1,3) n
Russian: ÑÐµÐ»Ñ (tselâ) f, намеÑение (namereniye) n
Spanish: blanco m
Swahili: lengo

Verb
en-verb

  1. intransitive 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.
  2. intransitive 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.
  3. transitive 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).

Derived terms
aim at

Translations

Czech: zamýšlet
Finnish: tähdätä, osoittaa
French: cibler
Ido: apuntar
Japanese: ã­ãã (nerau)
mid
Swedish: sikta
Swahili: kulenga
Spanish: apuntar
Portuguese: apontar

Derived terms
ready, aim, fire!

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