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English noun: aim

1. aim (cognition) an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions


SamplesHis intent was to provide a new translation.
Good intentions are not enough.
It was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs.
He made no secret of his designs.


Synonymsdesign, intent, intention, purpose


Broader (hypernym)end, goal


Narrower (hyponym)cross-purpose, final cause, idea, mind, sake, view, will

2. aim (cognition) the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)


SamplesThe sole object of her trip was to see her children.


Synonymsobject, objective, target


Broader (hypernym)end, goal


Narrower (hyponym)business, grail, point, thing

3. aim (act) the action of directing something at an object


SamplesHe took aim and fired.


Broader (hypernym)direction, guidance, steering

4. aim (location) the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies


Synonymsbearing, heading


Broader (hypernym)direction, way


Narrower (hyponym)tack


English verb: aim

1. aim (competition) point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards


SamplesPlease don't aim at your little brother!.
He trained his gun on the burglar.
Don't train your camera on the women.
Take a swipe at one's opponent.


Synonymsdirect, take, take aim, train


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)position


Narrower (hyponym)aim, charge, direct, draw a bead on, hold, level, level, place, point, point, sight, swing, target, turn

2. aim (cognition) propose or intend


SamplesI aim to arrive at noon.


Synonymspropose, purport, purpose


Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)intend, mean, think

3. aim (communication) move into a desired direction of discourse


SamplesWhat are you driving at?.


Synonymsdrive, get


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)intend, mean

4. aim (cognition) specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public


Synonymscalculate, direct


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)designate, destine, intend, specify

5. aim (competition) intend (something) to move towards a certain goal


SamplesHe aimed his fists towards his opponent's face.
Criticism directed at her superior.
Direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself.


Synonymsdirect, place, point, target


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)aim, direct, take, take aim, train


Narrower (hyponym)address, home in, range in, zero in

6. aim (communication) direct (a remark) toward an intended goal


SamplesShe wanted to aim a pun.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)intend, mean

7. aim (cognition) have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal


ExamplesThey aim to move


Synonymsaspire, draw a bead on, shoot for


Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)be after, plan


Narrower (hyponym)overshoot









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