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aim

noun uk   /eɪm/ us  

aim noun (INTENTION)

B1 [C] a result that your plans or actions are intended to achieve: My main aim in life is to be a good husband and father. Our short-term aim is to deal with our current financial difficulties, but our long-term aim is to improve the company's profitability. The leaflet has been produced with the aim of increasing public awareness of the disease.Goals and purposes

aim noun (POINTING)

[U] the act of pointing a weapon towards something: He fired six shots at the target, but his aim was terrible, and he missed all of them. She raised her gun, took aim and fired.Target sportsAiming and aimHandguns and rifles

aim

verb uk   /eɪm/ us  

aim verb (INTEND)

B1 [I] to intend: [+ to infinitive] I aim to be a millionaire by the time I'm 35. We are aiming for (= planning to achieve) a 50 percent share of the German market.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping

aim verb (POINT)

[I or T] to point or direct a weapon towards someone or something that you want to hit: Aim (the arrow) a little above the target. Aim at the yellow circle. There are hundreds of nuclear missiles aimed at the main cities. She aimed (= directed) a kick at my shins. Let's aim for (= go in the direction of) Coventry first, and then we'll have a look at the map.Aiming and aimHandguns and rifles
(Definition of aim from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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