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.
to direct toward a particular goal[~ + object + at + object]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.
the act of directing anything at or toward a target[uncountable]How good is your aim?
the direction in which a weapon or missile is pointed[uncountable]His aim was a little off.
to position or direct (a firearm, ball, arrow, rocket, etc.) so that, on firing or release, the discharged projectile will hit a target or travel along a certain path.
to intend or direct for a particular effect or purpose:to aim a satire at snobbery.
to point or direct a gun, punch, etc., toward:He aimed at the target but missed it.
to strive; try (usually fol. by to or at):We aim to please. They aim at saving something every month.
to intend:She aims to go tomorrow.
to direct efforts, as toward an object:The satire aimed at modern greed.
[Obs.]to estimate; guess.
the act of aiming or directing anything at or toward a particular point or target.
the direction in which a weapon or missile is pointed; the line of sighting:within the cannon's aim.
the point intended to be hit; thing or person aimed at:to miss one's aim.
something intended or desired to be attained by one's efforts; purpose:whatever his aim in life may be.
take aim, to sight a target:to take aim and fire.
Old French (dialect, dialectal) amer
Vulgar Latin *adaestimāre, equivalent. to Latin ad-ad- + aestimāre (see estimate); replacing Middle English amen
Anglo-French a(e)smer, eimer, Old French aesmer
late Middle English aimen 1275–1325
aim′er,n. aim′ful,adj. aim′ful•ly,adv. 1. point. 8. sighting. 10. target, objective. 11. goal; intent, design. Aim,end,object all imply something that is the goal of one's efforts. Aim implies that toward which one makes a direct line, refusing to be diverted from it:a nobleness of aim; one's aim in life.End emphasizes the goal as a cause of efforts:the end for which one strives.Object emphasizes the goal as that toward which all efforts are directed:the object of years of study. AIM(ām), n.