Definition of aim verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    aim

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//eɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they aim
    BrE BrE//eɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪm//
     
    he / she / it aims
    BrE BrE//eɪmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪmz//
     
    past simple aimed
    BrE BrE//eɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪmd//
     
    past participle aimed
    BrE BrE//eɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪmd//
     
    -ing form aiming
    BrE BrE//ˈeɪmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to try or plan to achieve something He has always aimed high (= tried to achieve a lot). aim for something We should aim for a bigger share of the market. aim at something The government is aiming at a 50% reduction in unemployment. aim to do something They are aiming to reduce unemployment by 50%. We aim to be there around six. aim at doing something They're aiming at training everybody by the end of the year.
  2. 2  [transitive] be aimed at something/at doing something to have something as an aim These measures are aimed at preventing violent crime.
  3. 3  [intransitive, transitive] to point or direct a weapon, a shot, a kick, etc. at somebody/something aim at somebody/something I was aiming at the tree but hit the car by mistake. aim for somebody/something Aim for the middle of the target. aim something (at somebody/something) The gun was aimed at her head.
  4. 4  [transitive, usually passive] aim something at somebody to say or do something that is intended to influence or affect a particular person or group The book is aimed at very young children. My criticism wasn't aimed at you.
  5. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French amer, variant of esmer (from Latin aestimare ‘assess, estimate’), reinforced by aemer, aesmer (from late Latin adaestimare, intensified form of aestimare).Extra examples Aim for his legs, not his body. He is aiming for a win in this race. She aimed the gun straight at the intruder. She’s aiming at a scholarship this year. The initiative is aimed at helping young people. a young man who is prepared to aim high educational courses aimed particularly at older people He has always aimed high. The government is aiming at a 50% reduction in unemployment. They are aiming to reduce unemployment by around 50%. They’re aiming at training everybody by the end of the year.
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