What does aim mean?

Definitions for aim

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word aim.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. purpose, intent, intention, aim, design(noun)

    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"

  2. aim, object, objective, target(noun)

    the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

    "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"

  3. aim(noun)

    the action of directing something at an object

    "he took aim and fired"

  4. bearing, heading, aim(verb)

    the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies

  5. aim, take, train, take aim, direct(verb)

    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

    "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"

  6. aim, purpose, purport, propose(verb)

    propose or intend

    "I aim to arrive at noon"

  7. drive, get, aim(verb)

    move into a desired direction of discourse

    "What are you driving at?"

  8. calculate, aim, direct(verb)

    specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

  9. target, aim, place, direct, point(verb)

    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"

  10. aim(verb)

    direct (a remark) toward an intended goal

    "She wanted to aim a pun"

  11. draw a bead on, aspire, aim, shoot for(verb)

    have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aim(verb)

    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. Aim(verb)

    to direct the indention 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. Aim(verb)

    to guess or conjecture

  4. Aim(verb)

    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)

  5. Aim(verb)

    the pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, 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

  6. Aim(verb)

    the point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected

  7. Aim(verb)

    intention; purpose; design; scheme

  8. Aim(verb)

    conjecture; guess

  9. Origin: [OE. amen, aimen, eimen, to guess at, to estimate, to aim, OF. esmer, asmer, fr. L. aestimare to estimate; or perh. fr. OF. aesmer; (L. ad) + esmer. See Estimate.]


  1. Aim

    Aim is a British musician, DJ and producer, who was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Aim's sound is a blend of funky electronic music and hip hop beats, a sound which typified the Grand Central Records label. Much of Aim's work is instrumental, though his records include collaborations with other artists who provide vocals, including Stephen Jones of Babybird, Diamond D, Souls of Mischief, QNC and Kate Rogers. Aim has also worked as remixer, mixing songs for a variety of artists including Ian Brown, Saint Etienne, The Charlatans, Lil' Kim, Thunderbugs, Archive, Down to the Bone, Texas and former label-mates Rae & Christian.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aim

    ām, v.i. to point at with a weapon: to direct the intention or endeavour (at): (obs.) to conjecture.—v.t. to point, as a weapon or firearm.—n. the pointing of a weapon: the thing pointed at: design: intention.—adj. Aim′less, without aim.—adv. Aim′lessly.—n. Aim′worthiness, good aim.—To cry aim, in old writers, to encourage archers when shooting by crying 'aim,' hence to applaud or encourage. [O. Fr. esmer, to reckon—L. æstimāre, to estimate. See Estimate.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. aim

    The direction of a musket, cannon, or any other fire-arm or missile weapon towards its object.--To take aim, directing the piece to the object.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. aim

    The act of bringing a musket, piece of ordnance, or any other missive weapon, to its proper line of direction with the object intended to be struck.

Editors Contribution

  1. aim

    Something you choose to focus your mind on to achieve.

    The aim was to play a team sport and have fun, they certainly did that playing Ladies GAA football together.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 11, 2020  

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  2. AIM

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aim' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2044

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aim' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3705

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aim' in Nouns Frequency: #628

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aim' in Verbs Frequency: #276

Anagrams for aim »

  1. AMI, IAM, I'ma, Ima, MAI, Mai, MIA, Mia, mia

How to pronounce aim?

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How to say aim in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aim in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aim in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of aim in a Sentence

  1. Mustafa Alani:

    They understand the complexity of their task. How difficult it will be to come up with something tangible, so they will not aim to create a centralised leadership that reflects who controls the ground because this will be impossible. They will aim to produce a centralised leadership that has reasonable, rational thinking and can sit at the table.

  2. Luke Cairns:

    (Coinsilium) is still planning to go ahead with an IPO but is weighing options, alternatives to AIM.

  3. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir:

    This is nothing but a mockery and its aim is to deter Khaleda from politics.

  4. Tia Maria:

    Today I requested the presence of Mr. Larrea, owner of the company, in Lima with the aim of clarifying this matter, i am waiting for him to confirm when he will arrive in Lima.

  5. The Spaniard:

    When you are third in FP2( second practice), and it’s not because of changeable conditions or anything, then you have to think about getting into Q3( the final phase of qualifying). That has to be the aim.

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Translations for aim

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  • هدفArabic
  • маҡсат, ниәтBashkir
  • прицелвам се, намерение, стремя се, цел, целя се, домогвам се, прицелBulgarian
  • apuntarCatalan, Valencian
  • záměr, zamýšletCzech
  • rette, sigteDanish
  • zielen, ZielGerman
  • στόχος, σκόπευση, σκοπός, σημάδιGreek
  • intención, objetivo, dirigir, pretender, apuntar, lazarSpanish
  • pyrkiä, aikomus, tähdätä, maali, tähtäyspiste, tavoite, tarkoitus, tähtäysFinnish
  • viser, objectif, cibleFrench
  • aimsighIrish
  • amas, amaisScottish Gaelic
  • लक्ष्यHindi
  • skopo, apuntarIdo
  • puntareItalian
  • 狙う, 目標, 目的, 目指すJapanese
  • មានបំណង, តម្រង់Khmer
  • biichtenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • whāinga, kero, whakakekoMāori
  • ലക്ഷ്യംMalayalam
  • توجوان, tujuanMalay
  • bedoeling, doel, richten, oogmerkDutch
  • MåletNorwegian
  • cel, celować, mierzyćPolish
  • pontaria, mirar, alvo, objetivo, apontarPortuguese
  • țintă, intenție, cătare, țel, scop, obiectiv, idealRomanian
  • целиться, стремиться, нацеливать, цель, намерение, метить, направлять, прицеливаться, домогатьсяRussian
  • sikte, siktaSwedish
  • lengo, kulenga, gharadhiSwahili
  • లక్ష్యముTelugu

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