- 1 [with object] Point or direct (a weapon or camera) at a target: aim the camcorder at some suitable object [no object]: aim for the middle of the targetMore example sentences
- She turned to simply stand motionless, her wrist cannons locked on her target and Jack came around the corner to aim his weapon as well, then stopped suddenly.
- Additionally, aiming is much more interactive, thanks to an over-the-shoulder camera angle which is activated every time you aim your weapon.
- The high-tech helmet had a targeting lens mounted on it, so aiming a weapon of any sort was easier.
- 1.1Direct (an object or blow) at someone or something: she had aimed the bottle at his headMore example sentences
- The officer then aimed three blows towards his face and another one to his leg as he handcuffed him and bundled him into a car.
- She raises the malicious wood and straw object above her head, aiming another blow.
- He aimed a brutal blow towards the man's face, hoping to break his nose.
- 1.2 (aim something at) Direct information or an action toward (a particular group): the TV campaign is aimed at the 16-24 age groupMore example sentences
target at, intend for, destine for, direct at, design for, tailor for, market to, pitch to/at
- And the bank seems to be aiming its account at those who won't need their money too often, with its interest penalty for any month you make a withdrawal.
- Across the spectrum of gifts and toys, most retailers have retreated to a pink-and-blue world, aiming products at the sexes as if they really did come from different planets.
- Today they have taken another bold step aiming the product at those who like to remain on the forefront of the computer world.
- 2 [no object] Have the intention of achieving: new French cooking aims at producing clear, fresh flavors and light textures [with infinitive]: we aim to give you the best possible serviceMore example sentences
- Because actually your intention includes whatever you aim at achieving.
- The same might be said of slow-moving animation that aims at portentous but achieves boring.
- Rather than choosing between an ensemble of key performance criteria, manufacturers should aim at achieving them all.
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- 1A purpose or intention; a desired outcome: our primary aim is to achieve financial disciplineMore example sentences
- My hopes and desires and aims were to win this tournament.
- That's part of being separate people, with different aims and desires.
- Understand the aims and purposes of the Shari'ah as well as the resulting outcomes.
- 2 [in singular] The directing of a weapon or object at a target: his aim was perfect, and the guard’s body collapsed backwardMore example sentences
- They showed us how to load the weapon and aim at the target.
- The Pentagon plans to use them to improve the aim of missiles and provide better navigation for warplanes and ground troops.
- Currently, the aim was targeted at the closed hangar bay door.
- Be ambitious.More example sentences
- ‘You must aim high - Irish firms must try to be the very best in our globalised world,’ said Mr. Cronin.
- One who aims high for the future must not be concerned with present loss or gain.
- Given the stunning success of the launch rally, the message round the country must be aim high and you can mobilise significant numbers.
- Point a weapon or camera at a target.More example sentences
- It was eerie to stroll along the lakeshore from apartment to classroom and back past dozens of small thin reclining military figures taking aim at imaginary targets with outstretched rifles.
- Under the blazing sun, young men are flat on their belly, their hands resting lightly on service rifles as they prepare to take aim for the target practice.
- He took aim at the target and fired, a perfect bulls eye, and with not even a single sound emitted.
Middle English: from Old French amer, variant of esmer (from Latin aestimare 'assess, estimate'), reinforced by aemer, aesmer (from late Latin adaestimare, intensified form of aestimare).