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Definition 1: the action of directing something at an object - [noun denoting act]

Samples where aim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he took aim and fired

(aim is a kind of ...) the act of setting and holding a course

"a new council was installed under the direction of the king"

Definition 2: an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where aim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his intent was to provide a new translation
  • good intentions are not enough
  • it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs
  • he made no secret of his designs

Synonyms for aim in the sense of this definition

(aim is a kind of ...) the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

"the ends justify the means"

(... is a kind of aim ) your intention; what you intend to do

"he had in mind to see his old teacher" "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"

(... is a kind of aim ) a contrary aim

"at cross-purposes"

(... is a kind of aim ) (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process

(... is a kind of aim ) the purpose of achieving or obtaining

"for the sake of argument"

(... is a kind of aim ) purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'

"he took the computer with a view to pawning it"

(... is a kind of aim ) a fixed and persistent intent or purpose

"where there's a will there's a way"

Definition 3: the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable) - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where aim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the sole object of her trip was to see her children

Synonyms for aim in the sense of this definition

(aim is a kind of ...) the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

"the ends justify the means"

(... is a kind of aim ) the object of any prolonged endeavor

(... is a kind of aim ) an immediate objective

"gossip was the main business of the evening"

(... is a kind of aim ) the object of an activity

"what is the point of discussing it?"

(... is a kind of aim ) a special objective

"the thing is to stay in bounds"

Definition 4: the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for aim in the sense of this definition

(aim is a kind of ...) a line leading to a place or point

"he looked the other direction" "didn't know the way home"

(... is a kind of aim ) the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails

Definition 5: have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for aim in the sense of this definition

(aim is a kind of ...) have the will and intention to carry out some action

"He plans to be in graduate school next year" "The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion"

(... is a kind of aim ) aim too high

"The plan overshoots its aim"

Definition 6: propose or intend - [verb of cognition]

Samples where aim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I aim to arrive at noon

Synonyms for aim in the sense of this definition

(aim is a kind of ...) have in mind as a purpose

"I mean no harm" "I only meant to help you" "She didn't think to harm me" "We thought to return early that night"

Definition 7: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for aim in the sense of this definition

(aim is a kind of ...) design or destine

"She was intended to become the director"

Definition 8: direct (a remark) toward an intended goal - [verb of communication]

Samples where aim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She wanted to aim a pun

(aim is a kind of ...) mean or intend to express or convey

"You never understand what I mean!" "what do his words intend?"

Definition 9: move into a desired direction of discourse - [verb of communication]

Samples where aim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • What are you driving at?

Synonyms for aim in the sense of this definition

(aim is a kind of ...) mean or intend to express or convey

"You never understand what I mean!" "what do his words intend?"

Definition 10: point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards - [verb of competition]

Samples where aim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please don't aim at your little brother!
  • He trained his gun on the burglar
  • Don't train your camera on the women
  • Take a swipe at one's opponent

Synonyms for aim in the sense of this definition

(aim is a kind of ...) cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation

(... is a kind of aim ) intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

"He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face" "criticism directed at her superior" "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"

(... is a kind of aim ) aim with a gun

"The hunter drew a bead on the rabbit"

(... is a kind of aim ) aim, point, or direct

"Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"

(... is a kind of aim ) direct at someone

"She turned a smile on me" "They turned their flashlights on the car"

(... is a kind of aim ) hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement

"The soccer player began to swing at the referee"

(... is a kind of aim ) direct into a position for use

"point a gun" "He charged his weapon at me"

(... is a kind of aim ) aim at

"level criticism or charges at somebody"

(... is a kind of aim ) take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)

Definition 11: intend (something) to move towards a certain goal - [verb of competition]

Samples where aim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face
  • criticism directed at her superior
  • direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself

Synonyms for aim in the sense of this definition

(aim is a kind of ...) point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

"Please don't aim at your little brother!" "He trained his gun on the burglar" "Don't train your camera on the women" "Take a swipe at one's opponent"

(... is a kind of aim ) direct a question at someone

(... is a kind of aim ) direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids

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