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verb American English pronunciation: aim /eɪm/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participleaiming
past tenseaimed
past participleaimed

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to point a gun or an object you are throwing at something that you want to hit

    When given the order, the squad aimed their weapons.

    aim at/for:

    He was aiming at the tree but he missed.

    aim something at someone/something:

    I looked up to see Betty aiming a gun at me.

    aim a kick/blow at someone/something:

    He leapt into the crowd, aiming a kick at a fan.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to intend or hope to achieve something
    aim to do something:

    The project aims to provide support for young musicians.

    aim for:

    Most of the students were aiming for jobs in television.

  3. 3
    [transitive] if you aim something you say, write, or create at a person or group, you want them to listen to or use what you have said, written, or created
    aim something at something:

    The book is aimed at people with no specialized knowledge.

    Much of the report's criticism was aimed at regulators for their lack of foresight and action.


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