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Definition of aim verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they aim
    he / she / it aims
    past simple aimed
    -ing form aiming
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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 everyone 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 someone or 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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: aim