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aim

verb  /eɪm/ us  

aim verb (POINT)

[I/T] to point or direct a weapon or other object toward someone or something: [T] I turned and saw a big man aiming a camera at me. [I/T] To aim something is also to direct it toward someone whom you want to influence or toward achieving something: [T] These ads are aimed at young people.

aim verb (INTEND)

[I] to plan for a specific purpose; intend: The measures aimed at preserving family life. This book aims at attracting the serious reader.

aim

noun  /eɪm/ us  

aim noun (INTENTION)

[C] a result that your plans or actions are intended to achieve: The commission’s aim was to convince workers of their extreme importance in ship production.

aim noun (POINTING)

[U] the act of pointing a weapon toward something: She raised her bow, took aim, and hit the bull’s-eye.
(Definition of aim from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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