Verb aim Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(intransitive) To point or direct a missile, or a weapon which propels as missile, towards an object or spot with the intent of hitting it (intransitive) 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 (transitive) To direct or point (e.g. a weapon), at a particular object; to direct, as a missile, an act, or a proceeding, at, to, or against an object (transitive) To direct (something verbal) towards a certain person, thing, or group (obsolete) To guess or conjecture.

More definition: 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. intend or direct for a particular effect or purpose, to aim a satire at snobbery. point or direct a gun, punch, etc., toward, He aimed at the target but missed it. strive; try (usually followed by to or at), We aim to please. They aim at saving something every month. intend, She aims to go tomorrow. direct efforts, as toward an object, The satire aimed at modern greed.

7.Obsolete. to estimate; guess.

8.the act of aiming or directing anything at or toward a particular point or target.

9.the direction in which a weapon or missile is pointed; the line of sighting, within the cannon's aim.

10.the point intended to be hit; thing or person aimed at, to miss one's aim.1
1.something intended or desired to be attained by one's efforts; purpose, whatever his aim in life may be.1

2.Obsolete. conjecture; guess.

3.take aim, to sight a target, to take aim and fire.

1.American Indian Movement.

1. to point (a weapon, missile, etc) or direct (a blow) at a particular person or object; level

2. (transitive) to direct (satire, criticism, etc) at a person, object, etc

3. (intransitive; foll by at or an infinitive) to propose or intend, we aim to leave early

4. (intransitive; often foll by at or for) to direct one's efforts or strive (towards), to aim at better communications, to aim high noun

5. the action of directing something at an object

6. the direction in which something is pointed; line of sighting (esp in the phrase to take aim)

7. the object at which something is aimed; target

8. intention; purpose Word OriginC14, via Old French aesmer from Latin aestimāre to estimate AIM abbreviation
1. (in Britain) Alternative Investment Market Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 14c., "to estimate, calculate," also "to intend," from Old French aesmer "value, rate; count, estimate," from Latin aestimare "appraise" (see estimation); current meaning apparently developed from "esteem," to "calculate," to "calculate with a view to action" (c.1400), then to "direct a missile, a blow, etc." (1570s). Related, Aimed; aiming.
early 14c., "target;" late 14c., "guess;" from aim (v.). Meaning "action of aiming" is from early 15c. (to take aim, originally make aim); that of "thing intended, purpose" is from 1620s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with aim also see, take aim The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


She took careful aim and squeezed off a shot.

Damian took aim with the pistol and fired into her heart before she could make another sound.

She took aim on a tall bunch of grass and swung the whip like a bat.

According to Isocrates, whose panegyric must however be read with caution, Evagoras was a model ruler, whose aim was to promote the welfare of his state and of his subjects by the cultivation of Greek refinement and civilization, which had been almost obliterated in Salamis by a long period of barbarian rule.

In theory the game of bowls is very simple, the aim of the player being to roll his bowl so as to cause it to rest nearer to the jack than his opponent's, or to protect a well-placed bowl, or to dislodge a better bowl than his own.

The chief aim of Leibnitz is no doubt to account for the world in its static aspect as a co-existent whole, to conceive the ultimate reality of things in such a way as to solve the mystery of mind and matter.

My aim is to show you how war will end and convince you that the end of war is inevitable.

In the long run men hit only what they aim at.

He was free, he had nothing but his aim to consider, and he reached it.

But what is the aim of your alliance with England?

He grasped a musket and took aim at the French.

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