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aim

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English amen, aimen, eimen, Old French esmer, asmer, from Medieval Latin adaestimare, from Latin aestimare; or perhaps from Old French aesmer, from Latin ad- + esmer.

NounEdit

aim (plural aims)

  1. 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.
  2. The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected.
  3. Intention; purpose; design; scheme.
    My number one aim in life is to make money to make my parents, siblings and kids happy.
  4. (obsolete) Conjecture; guess.
    • Shakespeare
      What you would work me to, I have some aim.
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VerbEdit

aim (third-person singular simple present aims, present participle aiming, simple past and past participle aimed)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, The Celebrity:
      The stories did not seem to me to touch life. They were plainly intended to have a bracing moral effect, and perhaps had this result for the people at whom they were aimed.
    • 2013 June 22, “Snakes and ladders”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 76: 
      Risk is everywhere. [] For each one there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you. “The Norm Chronicles” [] aims to help data-phobes find their way through this blizzard of risks.
  3. (transitive) 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).
  4. (obsolete) To guess or conjecture.
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Etymology 2Edit

InitialismEdit

aim

  1. AIM; AOL Instant Messenger.

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