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Meaning of “aim” in the English Dictionary

"aim" in British English

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aimnoun

uk   us   /eɪm/
  • aim noun (INTENTION)

B1 [C] a ​result that ​yourplans 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 ​ourcurrentfinancial difficulties, but ​our long-term aim is to ​improve the company's ​profitability. The ​leaflet has been ​produced with the aim of increasingpublicawareness of the ​disease.

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  • 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.

aimverb

uk   us   /eɪm/
  • 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 ​percentshare of the ​Germanmarket.

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  • 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 ​yellowcircle. There are hundreds of ​nuclearmissiles aimed at the ​maincities. 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.

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(Definition of aim from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"aim" in American English

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aimverb

 us   /eɪm/
  • 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 ​youngpeople.
  • aim verb (INTEND)

[I] to ​plan for a ​specificpurpose; ​intend: The ​measures aimed at ​preservingfamilylife. This ​book aims at ​attracting the ​seriousreader.

aimnoun

 us   /eɪm/
  • aim noun (INTENTION)

[C] a ​result that ​yourplans or ​actions are ​intended to ​achieve: The commission’s aim was to ​convinceworkers of ​theirextremeimportance in ​shipproduction.
  • 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)

"AIM" in Business English

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AIMnoun

uk   us   STOCK MARKET
abbreviation for Alternative Investment Market: a ​stockmarket for ​smallcompanies that is ​part of the London Stock Exchange: Originally an AIM ​share, SFI now has a ​fulllisting on the ​mainstockmarket.

aimnoun [C]

uk   us   /eɪm/
something that you ​plan or hope to ​achieve: Our aim is ​customersatisfaction.with the aim of doing sth Environmentalists ​designed the ​project with the aim of ​increasingawareness of ​industrialpollution.
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aimverb

uk   us   /eɪm/
[I] to ​plan or hope to ​achieve something: aim to do sth A ​spokesman for the ​company says they are aiming to ​increasesales by 25% next ​year.aim for sth The ​former Senator now aims for a ​politicalappointment in Washington.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of AIM from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “aim”
in Korean 목적…
in Arabic هَدَف…
in Malaysian acu, sasaran…
in French viser, viser à…
in Russian цель…
in Chinese (Traditional) 打算, 目標,目的, 意圖…
in Italian scopo, proposito…
in Turkish amaç, hedef…
in Polish cel…
in Spanish apuntar, pretender, tener la intención…
in Vietnamese nhắm, tập trung vào…
in Portuguese objetivo…
in Thai เล็งเป้าหมาย, ตั้งเป้า…
in German zielen (mit), anstreben…
in Catalan objectiu…
in Japanese 目的, 目標, ねらい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打算, 目标,目的, 意图…
in Indonesian membidik, bermaksud…
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