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aim

aim

 
 
pronunciation:
eIm
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: aimed, aiming, aims
definition 1: to point carefully (usu. a weapon), with the intention of hitting a target.
He carefully aimed the gun at the target.
synonyms:
direct, level, point, sight
similar words:
beam, focus, target, train
definition 2: to position.
Aim the telescope for the best view.
synonyms:
place, position
similar words:
arrange, pitch, point, prepare, shine
definition 3: to direct, as a remark or criticism.
Her comments were aimed at me, not at you.
synonyms:
address, direct, level
similar words:
design, intend, mean, point, target, train
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to strive toward a particular goal (often followed by an infinitive or "at").
The store aims to please its customers.Let's aim at finishing the job by Friday.
synonyms:
drive, intend, strive, try
similar words:
aspire
definition 2: to intend.
He has a work visa, but he also aims to become a citizen.I aim to have a serious talk with him on that subject.
definition 3: to set a desired course or direction.
She always told her students to aim for the top.He aimed at the target, but he missed.
synonyms:
plan
similar words:
design
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of aiming.
She shoots with perfect aim every time.
synonyms:
pointing, positioning
definition 2: intention; purpose.
My aim this month is to finish planting my garden.
synonyms:
end, goal, intent, intention, objective, purpose
similar words:
ambition, design, object, plan, point, purport, spirit, target
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