- 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 [transitive] be aimed at something/at doing something to have something as an aim These measures are aimed at preventing violent crime.
- 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 [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. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French amer, variant of esmer (from Latin aestimare
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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//