aim


aim
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French aesmer & esmer; Anglo-French aesmer, from a- (from Latin ad-) + esmer to estimate, from Latin aestimare Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to direct a course; specifically to point a weapon at an object 2. aspire, intend <
aims to reform the government
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transitive verb 1. obsolete guess, conjecture 2. a. point <
aim a gun
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b. to direct to or toward a specified object or goal <
a program aimed at reducing pollution
>
II. noun Date: 14th century 1. obsolete mark, target 2. a. the pointing of a weapon at a mark <
take careful aim
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b. the ability to hit a target <
a shooter with good aim
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c. a weapon's accuracy or effectiveness <
the gun's aim is off
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3. obsolete a. conjecture, guess b. the directing of effort toward a goal 4. a clearly directed intent or purpose <
our aim is to win
>
Synonyms: see intentionaimless adjectiveaimlessly adverbaimlessness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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