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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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