- Aim is defined as the point, target, direction, person or thing that is meant to be hit or achieved.
A bulls-eye is an example of an aim.
- The definition of aim means to point or direct or to try with a particular goal in mind.
- An example of aim is to point an arrow at a target.
- An example of aim is to try to save enough money for a new car.
- to point (a weapon) or direct (a blow, remark, etc.) so as to hit
- to direct (one's efforts): we aimed at full victory
- to try or intend (to do or be something)
- Obs. to guess or conjecture
Origin of aimMiddle English aimen ; from Old French esmer (; from Classical Latin aestimare: see estimate) and amp; aesmer ; from Medieval Latin adaestimare ; from Classical Latin ad-, to + aestimare
- the act of aiming
- the ability to hit a target
- a weapon's accuracy: the aim is accurate up to 100 feet
- the object to be attained; intention or purpose
- Obs. a guess or conjecture
- to point a weapon, as by viewing along a sight at a target
- to direct a missile, blow, etc.
verbaimed, aim·ing, aims
- a. To direct (a weapon or camera) toward a point.b. To direct or propel (an object, such as a ball) toward a point: aimed the pass at a wide receiver; aimed the shot at the lower right corner of the goal.
- To direct toward or intend for a particular goal or group: The publicity campaign was aimed at improving the eating habits of children.
- a. To direct a weapon or camera: The sniper aimed carefully.b. To direct or propel an object toward a point: aimed for the far goalpost.
- To determine a course or direct an effort: aim for a better education.
- To propose to do something; intend: The historical society is aiming to restore the town hall.
- a. The act of aiming: Take careful aim.b. The ability to hit a target or intended point: a marksman with extraordinary aim.c. The degree of accuracy of a weapon or of a person aiming a weapon or propelled object: Your aim was way off on that throw.
- A purpose or intention toward which one's efforts are directed: My aim was to try to make him laugh. See Synonyms at intention.
Origin of aimMiddle English aimen, from Old French esmer, to estimate (from Latin aestimāre) and from Old French aesmer (from Vulgar Latin *ad estimāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin aestimāre, to estimate).
- 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.
- The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected.
- Intention; purpose; design; scheme.
- My number one aim in life is to make money to make my parents, siblings and kids happy.
(third-person singular simple present aims, present participle aiming, simple past and past participle aimed)
- (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.
- (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; as, to aim at distinction; to aim to do well.
- 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).
- Sense 3. This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
- AIM; AOL Instant Messenger.
aim - Computer Definition
(1) (AOL Instant Messenger) America Online's instant messaging service, which supports text chat, photo sharing, online gaming and PC to PC voice. An AIM list of Instant Messenger contacts is called a "Buddy List." See instant messaging.
(3) (Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility, Warrendale, PA, www.aimglobal.org) The trade association for the automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) industry. Established in 1982 as a product division of the Material Handling Institute (MHI), AIM is involved in setting standards for barcodes, magnetic stripes and RFID technology. See also AIIM.