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Aim appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Miasma here may fill unsexed Nigerian air e.g. indexes nullify a mere ham’s aim.
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AIM is a word made from vertically symmetrical letters.

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun aim:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb aim:


The word aim is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun aim

What does aim mean as a name of something?

Aim is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: aims

  1. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
    • example: it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of aim: design / intent / intention / purpose
    • more generic words: end / goal = the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
    • more specific terms:
  2. the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of aim: object / objective / target
    • more generic words: end / goal = the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
    • more specific words:
      • grail = the object of any prolonged endeavor
      • business = an immediate objective
      • point = the object of an activity
      • thing = a special objective
  3. the action of directing something at an object
    • example: he took aim and fired
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: direction / guidance / steering = the act of setting and holding a course
  4. the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonyms of aim: bearing / heading
    • more generic words: direction / way = a line leading to a place or point
    • more specific word: tack = the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails

Alternative definition of the noun aim


  1. The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, or object, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it.
  2. The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected.
  3. Intention; purpose; design; scheme.

Specialised definition of the noun aim

Glossary of sports

a goal or objective (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb aim

What does aim mean as a doing word?

Aim is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: aimed | aiming | aims

  1. point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
    • example: Please don't aim at your little brother!
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of aim: direct / take / take aim / train
    • more generic word: position = cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
    • more specific terms:
  2. propose or intend
    • example: I aim to arrive at noon
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, for-complement clause]I wished for her to do it
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with past participle]I wished the children found
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]He wished to come
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]He wished that she would come immediately
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, to be]I wished him to be nice
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]I wished it

      Wish Verbs (with the same syntax): dream, expect, hope, imagine, intend, mean, plan, propose, think, wish, yen.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of aim: propose / purport / purpose
    • more generic words: intend / mean / think = have in mind as a purpose
  3. move into a desired direction of discourse
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of aim: drive / get
    • more generic words: intend / mean = mean or intend to express or convey
  4. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
  5. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
    • example: He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of aim: direct / place / point / target
    • more generic terms: direct / take / take aim / train = point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
    • more specific terms:
  6. direct (a remark) toward an intended goal
    • example: She wanted to aim a pun
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: intend / mean = mean or intend to express or convey
  7. have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

Alternative definition of the verb aim


  1. [intransitive] To point or direct a missile weapon, or a weapon which propels as missile, towards an object or spot with the intent of hitting it; as, to aim at a fox, or at a target.
  2. [intransitive] To direct the intention or purpose; to attempt the accomplishment of a purpose; to try to gain; to endeavor;—followed by at, or by an infinitive; as, to aim at distinction; to aim to do well.
  3. [transitive] To direct or point, as a weapon, at a particular object; to direct, as a missile, an act, or a proceeding, at, to, or against an object; as, to aim a musket or an arrow, the fist or a blow (at something); to aim a satire or a reflection (at some person or vice).

Other definitions of aim

What does aim also mean?


  1. AIM; AOL Instant Messenger.


  1. AIM is a sub-market of the London Stock Exchange, allowing smaller companies to float shares with a more flexible regulatory system than is applicable to the main market.
  2. AIM a.k.a. AOL Instant Messenger is an instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the proprietary OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol to allow registered users to communicate in real time.
  3. Aim is a brand of toothpaste from Church & Dwight. Aim was introduced in 1975 by Unilever, and the brand was purchased by Church and Dwight in 2003. Aim toothpaste is made in Australia by Pental Limited, Australia's largest soap manufacturer, with production facilities in Shepparton, Victoria.


  1. AiM a.k.a. Ai Maeda is a Japanese voice actress born in Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan, employed by the talent management firm Aoni Production. She is also a singer under the name AiM and a songwriter under the name ai. She is best known in the English-speaking world for her work as both a voice actress and a singer in the original Japanese version of the Digimon anime series.
  2. Aim is a British musician, DJ and producer, who was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Aim's sound is a blend of funky electronic music and hip hop beats, a sound which typified the Grand Central Records label. Much of Aim's work is instrumental, though his records include collaborations with other artists who provide vocals, including Stephen Jones of Babybird, Diamond D, Souls of Mischief, QNC and Kate Rogers.
  3. Aim a.k.a. Achita Sikamana is an actress.
  4. Aim a.k.a. Amy Savannah is an actress.

There are other people with in their name, like Greg Aim, Aim Putra, David Aim, Pierre Aim, Aim Sukkasem, Aim-Jules Dalou and Robert Aim Lennie.


AIM is a musical group.

  • album: "Spirits of Your Tide"


  1. "Aim" is a musical album of Weekend Guitar Trio.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  2. "Aim" is a composition.


Aim a.k.a. Ailuk Airport is a public use airstrip at Ailuk on Ailuk Atoll, Marshall Islands. This airstrip is assigned the location identifier AIM by the IATA.


  1. AIM a.k.a. The American Indian Movement is a Native American advocacy group in the United States, founded in July 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. AIM was initially formed to address American Indian sovereignty, treaty issues, spirituality, and leadership, while simultaneously addressing incidents of police harassment and racism against Native Americans forced to move off of reservations and away from tribal culture by the 1950s-era enforcement of federal government termination policies originally created in the 1930s. "As independent citizens and taxpayers, without good education or experience, most 'terminated' Indians were reduced within a few years to widespread illness and utter poverty, whether or not they were relocated to cities" from the reservations. The various specific issues concerning Native American urban communities like Minneapolis, also known as "red ghettos", are high unemployment levels, racism, police harassment, poverty, and substandard housing. Aim's overriding objective is to create "real economic independence for the Indians". From its beginnings in Minnesota, AIM soon attracted members from across the United States and Canada.
  2. Aim a.k.a. AIM+ is a free third-party add-on for AOL Instant Messenger created by Big-O Software.
  3. AIM motorcycles were sports machines built in Italy between 1974 and 1982 using 49cc and 124cc Sachs and Franco Morini two-stroke engines.
  4. AiM a.k.a. Africa in Motion is an annual African film festival which takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, in late October/early November. The primary aim of the festival is to offer audiences in Scotland the opportunity to view the best of African cinema from across the continent. AiM 2013 will be the 8th edition showcasing African cinema, the main hosting venue being Edinburgh's Filmhouse Cinema. The festival was founded in 2006 by Lizelle Bisschoff, a South African researcher based in the UK.
  5. Aim a.k.a. Aimol Language: Aimol is a Kukish language of Burma. Langrong may be a separate language.
  6. AIM a.k.a. CD69 is a protein.
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  7. Aim: In demonology, Aim is a Great Duke of Hell, very strong, and rules over twenty-six legions of demons. He sets cities, castles and great places on fire, makes men witty in all ways, and gives true answers concerning private matters.
  8. Aim is an educational institution, school.
  9. Aim is a file format.

Phrases with Aim

  1. Aim at
  2. Ready, Aim, Fire
  3. take aim
  4. to take aim

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Aim

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Google previewThe Impact of University Cooperative Living Experience Upon Students and Alumni (2008)

The aim is that with a greater awareness and emphasis, valuing and respecting diversity can become a more common way that students interact with others. The conflict resolution skill area least addressed by the participants was mediating.

Google previewCreating a Dialectical Social Science (2012)

Concepts, Methods, and Models by I.I. Mitroff, R.O. Mason

A second aim is that of showing that conceptualization of the dialectic as a concrete social science methodology sheds insight with regard to the dialectic as an abstract philosophic principle. Indeed, the dialectic itself leads one to conclude that ...

Google previewHuman Development in the Indian Context, Volume II (2011)

A Socio-Cultural Focus by Margaret Khalakdina

The first aim is that the book is a substantial reference on major psycho-social and cultural influences contouring the human development process, both from an etic and an emic perspective (Herkovits, 1948). The second aim is to present a ...

Google previewThe Robert Frost Encyclopedia (2001)

by Nancy Lewis Tuten, John Zubizarreta

"AIM WAS SONG, THE" "AIM WAS SONG, THE," was first published in The Measure (Mar. 1921) and later included in New Hampshire (1923). It describes how, in still uncivilized times, the wind coarsely blew itself by rubbing against every ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the American Indian Movement (2013)

by Bruce Elliott Johansen

Colorado AIM declares that it “has rooted its political, social, cultural and economic program in four basic, essential, and non-negotiable principles: Spirituality, Sovereignty/Self-determination, Support and Sobriety” (Colorado, n.d. ). Colorado ...

Google previewRevolts, Protests, Demonstrations, and Rebellions in American History: An Encyclopedia [3 volumes] (2010)

An Encyclopedia by Steven L. Danver

They formed AIM as an organization to coordinate protests nationwide. Some of the movement's leaders were former inmates in the Minnesota prison system and knew well the dark side of the law. They were accustomed to police brutality and ...

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Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves. (Lord Chesterfield)
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Scrabble value of A1I1M3

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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