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English definition of “aim”


noun [C] (INTENTION)    /eɪm/
B1 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 increas ing public awareness of the disease .Goals and purposes
(Definition of aim noun (INTENTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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