aim1 [ eım ] verb ***
1. ) intransitive or transitive to point a gun or an object you are throwing at something you want to hit:
When given the order, the squad aimed their weapons.
aim at/for: He was aiming at the tree but he missed.
aim something at someone/something: I looked up to see Betty aiming a gun at me.
aim a kick/blow at someone/something: He leapt into the crowd, aiming a kick at a fan.
2. ) intransitive to intend or hope to achieve something:
aim to do something: The project aims to provide an outlet for children's creativity.
aim for: Most of the students were aiming for jobs in television.
be aimed at (doing) something
1. ) if a plan or idea is aimed at a particular thing, it has the goal of achieving that thing:
an energy program aimed at reducing our dependence on fossil fuels
The regulations are aimed at the prevention of accidents at work.
2. ) aim something at someone if you aim something you say, write, or create at a group, you want that group to listen to or use what you have said or created:
The book is aimed at people with no specialized knowledge.
Dole aimed his criticism at corporations promoting and distributing offensive materials.
aim 2 [ eım ] noun ***
1. ) count the thing that you hope to achieve by doing something:
aim of: The aim of this project is to help patients to be more independent.
with the aim of doing something: We visit schools with the aim of getting young people interested in the theater.
someone's aim is to do something: My main aim in therapy is to gain confidence.
achieve/fulfill/pursue your aims: The group was committed to achieving its aims through peaceful means.
aims and objectives (=things that you intend to achieve): We need to clarify the aims and objectives of the project.
2. ) singular your ability to hit something when you throw, kick, or shoot something at it:
My aim wasn't very good and the ball went over the fence.
take aim
1. ) to point a gun at something before you shoot:
He quickly regained his balance, took aim, and fired.
2. ) to look at something and decide how to throw, swing, or kick in order to hit it

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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