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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.
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"aim" in British English

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aimnoun

uk   /eɪm/  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   /eɪm/  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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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.
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(Definition of AIM from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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