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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.

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.

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.

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.
(Definition of aim from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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