aim /eɪm/USA pronunciation
- to point (a firearm, ball, etc.) so that the thing discharged or thrown will hit a target: [~ + object]The police officer aimed the pistol and fired.[no object]He turned, aimed, and fired all in one motion.[~ + at + object]She aimed at the target.[~ + object + at + object]She aimed a kick at him.
- [~ + object + at + object] to direct toward a particular goal:The lawyer aimed his remarks at the jury.
- to strive; try: [~ + at + verb-ing]We aim at pleasing everyone.[~ + to + verb]We aim to please.
- [~ + to + verb] to intend: She aims to go tomorrow.
- [uncountable] the act of directing anything at or toward a target:How good is your aim?
- [uncountable] the direction in which a weapon or missile is pointed:His aim was a little off.
- [uncountable] the point to be hit: to miss one's aim.
- [countable] purpose; intention:It is my aim to reform the program.
- take aim (at), [take + ~ ( + at + object)] to point a weapon or one's efforts at:took aim at the target; took aim at reforming the bureaucrats.