AskDefine | Define aim

Dictionary Definition



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" [syn: purpose, intent, intention, 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" [syn: object, objective, target]
3 the action of directing something at an object; "he took aim and fired"
4 the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies [syn: bearing, heading]


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" [syn: take, train, take aim, direct]
2 propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon" [syn: purpose, purport, propose]
3 move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you driving at?" [syn: drive, get]
4 specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public [syn: calculate, 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" [syn: target, place, direct, point]
6 direct (a remark) toward an intended goal; "She wanted to aim a pun"
7 have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal [syn: draw a bead on, aspire, shoot for]

User Contributed Dictionary



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.


  • /eɪm/, /eIm/
  • Rhymes: -eɪm


  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.

Usage notes



  1. 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. To direct the intention 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. 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


  • Czech: zamýšlet
  • Finnish: tähdätä, osoittaa
  • French: cibler
  • Ido: apuntar
  • Japanese: ねらう (nerau)
  • Russian: 1. weapon: целиться, прицеливаться, направлять, нацеливать, 2. intention: домогаться, стремиться, иметь в виду, метить
  • Swedish: sikta
  • Swahili: kulenga
  • Spanish: apuntar
  • Portuguese: apontar

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Aim or AIM may refer to:

As a word

aim in German: AIM
aim in Esperanto: AIM (apartigilo)
aim in French: AIM
aim in Korean: AIM
aim in Indonesian: AIM
aim in Italian: AIM
aim in Dutch: AIM
aim in Japanese: AIM
aim in Polish: AIM
aim in Russian: AIM
aim in Slovak: AIM
aim in Swedish: AIM

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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