Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

aim - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun     aim pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] the thing that you hope to achieve by doing something
    aim of:

    The aim of this project is to help patients to be more independent.

    with the aim of doing something:

    We visit schools with the aim of getting young people interested in the theater.

    someone’s aim is to do something:

    My main aim in therapy is to gain confidence.

    achieve/fulfill/pursue your aims:

    The group was committed to achieving its aims through peaceful means.

    aims and objectives (=things that you intend to achieve):

    We need to clarify the aims and objectives of the project.

  2. 2
    [singular] your ability to hit something when you throw, kick, or shoot something at it

    My aim wasn’t very good and the ball went over the fence.


  • Facebook
  • Twitter


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play