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a measure is aimed at doing sth
▪ The measures were aimed at reducing the speed of cars on the roads.
a move is aimed at doing sth/is designed to do sth
▪ The move is aimed at strengthening its business in the region.
a policy aims at sth/to do sth (=tries to achieve sth)
▪ The policy aimed to reduce the budget deficit.
a study aims to do sth
▪ The study aimed to identify the housing needs of local people.
aim a kick at sb/sth
▪ Lifting her foot, she aimed a kick at her brother.
aim high
▪ My parents always encouraged me to aim high.
aims and objectives (=all the things someone wants to achieve)
▪ The department should clearly state its aims and objectives.
declared aim/objective/intention etc
▪ It is their declared intention to increase taxes.
fulfil an aim/a goal/an objective
▪ an analysis of how different countries are attempting to fulfill their political goals
ostensible reason/purpose/aim
▪ The ostensible reason for his resignation was ill health.
primary purpose/aim/objective
▪ Their primary objective is to make money.
pursue a goal/aim/objective
▪ She was known to be ruthless in pursuing her goals.
sb’s sole purpose/aim
▪ Their sole purpose was to kill.
the aims of a study
▪ The aims of this study are to examine the reliability of current techniques.
ultimate goal/aim/objective etc
▪ Complete disarmament was the ultimate goal of the conference.
▪ Our ultimate objective is to have as many female members of parliament as there are male.
▪ The broader patient centred aims of the information technology strategy are to be welcomed.
▪ Sympathy for the general aims of civil rights legislation turned to hostility when it affected people's everyday lives.
▪ The question is which form will be compatible with the general curriculum aims set out in the last chapter.
▪ They need only announce a general aim of improving efficiency or international competitiveness and their case is virtually made for them.
▪ The general aim was to counter Axis influences and propaganda.
▪ Is there a clear understanding and sharing between governors and staff of both general and specific aims?
▪ The main aim of cruise missiles is to deter an attack.
▪ The main aim of this chapter is to provide you with a grasp of political economy.
▪ The two main aims were achieved across the board.
▪ My main aims are to demonstrate a possible methodology for such analysis, and to present a coherent theory of deixis.
▪ The main aim must be to find a public use providing public access.
▪ Our main aim is to help promote a competitive and efficient labour market.
▪ The main aim of the research is to examine the interrelationship between the comprehension and production of early vocabulary.
▪ The overall aim of the book is to help with developing activities which meet the needs and wishes of individual older people.
▪ The overall aim is to ensure that the welfare state encourages rather than penalizes personal initiative.
▪ There will need to be an initial prospectus which states the overall aims, content and form of the course.
▪ The overall aim was to identify the most appropriate law to govern a particular issue.
▪ The overall aim is to confer the right on professionals to have their qualifications recognised in all member states.
▪ The overall aim To have improved Bill's performance as a supervisor.
▪ In each case the overall aims of nursing remain the same.
▪ Other departments, too, make their contribution to these overall aims.
▪ He had no political aims and did not lead a faction, although he sought lesser posts for a few clients.
▪ The actions of the rebels, as well as their demands, reflect both political and social aims.
▪ The political aims of the centre are not written on tablets of stone and handed down from the Mount.
▪ For one thing, a government agency may have commercial or political aims in commissioning surveys or anthologies.
▪ The competent, professional teacher, keen on his job, but with no wider political aims.
▪ Lenin was not a nationalist, and his central political aim was to preserve the Republic as a springboard for world revolution.
▪ Structures may be mental in terms of team spirit or political aims.
▪ More meat or eggs for less feed was the other primary aim.
▪ The Governments' primary aim is to see significant reductions in the amounts of waste requiring disposal.
▪ In his inauguration speech Brazauskas declared that upholding the independence of the state was his primary aim.
▪ The primary aim of the awards is to recognise outstanding bravery in the race of danger by exceptional seniors.
▪ The primary aim of the central bank is to work closely with the government and so to operate in the public interest.
▪ The primary aim of the second trial was to see if eradication of H pylori led to resolution of intestinal metaplasia.
▪ Its primary aims are comradeship and welfare.
▪ Value for money is a primary aim.
▪ Musical variety seems to have been Campra's principal aim in nearly half of his later cantatas.
▪ The principal aim of this exploratory research is to gain a better understanding of franchising and the franchising decision.
▪ A principal aim is, of course, to present the pupils successfully for external exams.
▪ The principal aim is to raise awareness among workers and employers of hazards in the workplace.
▪ One of its principal aims is to make sure that those with disabilities can lead lives that are as normal as possible.
▪ The principal aim of the project is to provide an answer to this question.
▪ The principal aim seems to be to find out how far it can be extended.
▪ To render capitalism more humane and efficient was the principal aim of the professional expert.
▪ This can hardly be compatible with the Prime Minister's stated aim of a classless society - quite the opposite in fact.
▪ Hills points out that the government has failed in its stated aim of reducing the level of taxation.
▪ Strikes which damage the innocent are as justified in achieving the stated aim as burning heretics.
▪ The stated aim of these programmes is to prevent suicide.
▪ Waiting for services One of the stated aims of Working for patients is the reduction of length of time waiting for treatment.
▪ Our stated aim is to give the guitar playing reader a wholesome understanding of every featured instrument.
▪ It is also the case, of course, that stated aims do not necessarily match with practice.
▪ He wanted to train as a chartered accountant with the ultimate aim of becoming a managing director.
▪ The ultimate aim is to replace gasoline altogether by using battery power or other non-polluting energy sources.
▪ The ultimate aim of the counselling process is to achieve significant improvement in the social and interpersonal relationships of the counsellee.
▪ The ultimate aim is to set up a centre every 50 kilometres.
▪ But better patient care is the ultimate aim.
▪ Great strides had been made, but the elimination of poverty, Johnson's ultimate aim, was far from complete.
▪ Her ultimate aim is television stardom.
▪ The ultimate aim of interviewers is to produce a well-completed schedule for every interview assigned to them.
▪ We can not achieve this aim without the support of friends.
▪ To achieve this aim a measure of approximate number of letters in a word is needed.
▪ To achieve this aim involved driving out the small importers.
▪ Despite all the tribulations, they achieved their aim, the Great Warbirds Air Display lives on!
▪ The competition, the organisers say, will help the Trust to achieve its aims.
▪ Staff become an asset in which to invest, to be developed soas to help the organisation achieve its aims and objectives.
▪ The adoption of iron instead of wood for floor beams helped to achieve this aim.
▪ Of course, we should not be surprised that pressure groups pursue self-interested aims - that is usually why they are created.
▪ That they may also be interested in pursuing their aims by occult means should afford no surprise.
▪ An Act was passed in 1981 to pursue this aim and establish the new framework for special education suggested by Warnock.
▪ The structure should be tailored in such a way that it can most effectively pursue its aims.
▪ In each of these Leapor takes aim at that object of Scriblerian mockery, the beau.
▪ The photographers stormed the railing and took aim like a starved infantry picking off fish from a bridge.
▪ We fired again, taking deliberate aim, and were rather surprised that it was unnoticed.
▪ As it sped away, he swung the mounted machinegun around and took aim.
▪ This one takes aim at criminals who use guns.
▪ Rincewind took careful aim and caught the thief full in the chest with a bag of gold.
▪ When Sanders moved into the lineup, quarterbacks took aim at the other side.
sb's aim is true
▪ Increasing student awareness of the issue is one of our aims.
▪ Membership of NATO is one of the country's long-term political aims.
▪ The aim of the bombers was to destroy public property and get maximum publicity.
▪ The aim was to enroll all children in schools close to their homes.
▪ The organization's aims are to provide food for homeless people and help them find somewhere to live.
▪ With perfect aim, Armand struck his opponent in the throat.
▪ Happy but not complacent - our aim must be 100% Good to Excellent.
▪ On the contrary, the aim was to enable them to give expression to their desires.
▪ Rural community autarchy, even if it were an acceptable aim, is a Utopian dream.
▪ The aim is to produce beers that are sterile, have a long shelf life and are highly profitable.
▪ The aim was that s.15 alone would cover obtaining ownership by deception.
▪ The moral majority are just defeating their own aims.
▪ There were, however, two important differences in the aims of this study compared to those of Hughes and Cole.
▪ This is unfortunate because wasps are nasty little critters whose sole aim in life is to ruin picnics and barbecues.
▪ Second, the therapist is asking the client to be specific and realistic, so that the therapist has goals to aim for.
▪ An alternative form of ability grouping was to aim for as wide a range of ability as possible in each group.
▪ Therefore 30 minutes is a good target to aim for.
▪ You now have a goal to aim for.
▪ This gave her hope, for it was nothing less than a re-birth that Maggie was aiming for.
▪ One way to get out of your past is to invent a future you aim for.
▪ In other words, I had something to aim for, an immediate goal.
▪ The fact that you have not made the progress you aimed for is punishing enough without adding more aversive consequences.
▪ Clearly, though, future Budgets may well include measures specifically aimed at expatriates.
▪ White House aides said Clinton will map proposed tax breaks specifically aimed at helping community college students.
▪ It is aimed specifically at parents, teachers and carers.
▪ The Presario 6000 line is similar to the 4000 series but is aimed specifically at home businesses.
▪ If he were aimed specifically at the race another time he would probably go very close.
▪ Skittles is specifically aimed at parents with the intended point of sale being the school.
▪ Many adverts are specifically aimed at women, supposedly because they do most of the shopping.
▪ He aimed a hefty kick at the door, and there was a splintering sound as wood gave way to metal.
▪ Had to strike him hard and step back, aiming a kick to the stomach to disable him.
▪ Walsh received his marching orders 75 seconds into the second half after aiming a kick at Lucchese's Roberto Marta.
▪ He threw the sweater to the ground as he walked away, and aimed a kick at it.
▪ Also train on the punch bag, aiming your kicks as high as you can and reaching as far as possible.
▪ In the vacant dark Jezrael aimed another kick, blindly.
▪ Rincewind aimed a kick at it, and missed.
▪ At first all criticism of the running of the war was muted and was aimed at measures rather than men.
▪ Finally, the policy also aims to provide assistance to employees with other substance abuse problems.
▪ Thus, any serious, nonproliferation policy aims to make it as difficult as possible to obtain plutonium.
▪ From the outset a policy was adopted which aimed at eliminating unnecessary jargon and the mystique normally associated with computers.
▪ Its religious music is likely to fit that particular station's music policy in aiming at its target age-range.
▪ They accused Clinton of using moralistic language to cloak protectionist policies aimed at restricting imports from Third World countries.
▪ Furthermore, these policies must aim at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy these aspects of health.
▪ Embraer had long adopted policies of aiming for international competitiveness; the domestic market was too small to support its ambition.
▪ He said Euro policies should now be aimed at creating economic growth and more jobs.
▪ Her programme will aim at extending and deepening understanding.
▪ This increased take-up is a result of the in-service training programme aimed directly at teachers.
▪ The evening programme is aimed at teenagers and features a live band and soup kitchen.
▪ One of its most important activities is a Leadership Training Programme which aims to train a total of 700 animators.
▪ In south Glasgow, two secondaries are beginning a rolling programme which is aimed at thwarting a major shake-up by Strathclyde.
▪ This programme aims to use platinum group metal coatings for high temperature corrosion protection.
▪ The project aims to increase the appeal of chemistry to young people aged 14-16.
▪ Their current project aims to link the earthly with the heavenly.
▪ This project aims to investigate the impact the new legislation has had.
▪ The project did not just aim to find out children's existing ideas.
▪ The project aims to provide a clear definition of the concept of civil rights.
▪ The project aims to find out why specifically closing a topic produces these two options.
▪ Our pilot project aims to assess the feasibility of identifying people at risk, nothing more.
▪ This project aims to examine changes in alcohol treatment policy from the inception of the National Health Service to the 1980's.
▪ The research aims to develop new methods of multivariate time series modelling.
▪ Geriatric research aims for people to die young as late as possible.
▪ This research aims to resolve the debate about spatial abilities and left handedness.
▪ Much research is now aimed at discovering the exact mechanisms by which alcohol may harm a developing fetus.
▪ There is clearly a need for a systematic research project aimed at estimating the value of sports tourism.
▪ This research aims to find out how families handle these matters concerning inheritance of property in the circumstances of the 1990s.
▪ The research aims to determine why management supports and how management measures the success of a Quality Circle programme.
▪ The scheme is aimed at solicitors and legal executives who spend at least a third of their time on criminal defence work.
▪ Chairman, Prys Edwards, said the scheme aimed to protect holidaymakers.
▪ The Oxfordshire scheme aims to provide a 6-month intensive programme.
▪ Very often shopping schemes are aimed principally at the multiple chains, which will pay higher rents.
▪ Commodity price stabilisation schemes appeared to be aimed at interfering with market forces, i.e. demand and supply.
▪ Our scheme aims to promote your strengths and help you to become confident in the use of Mathematics in everyday life.
▪ This is the stage to which every kungfu instructor aims to bring a student.
▪ The school is part of a joint venture involving Silicon Valley businesses aimed at preparing students for high-tech jobs.
▪ The Jericho Conspiracy combines high quality drama with a lower-intermediate language syllabus aimed to help lift students over the intermediate plateau.
▪ The course aims to develop in students a holistic approach to design.
▪ Teenagers from at least six local schools attended the event which was aimed at students thinking of a career in technology.
▪ It is aimed at the student teacher and those teachers who are not yet confident in science.
▪ This small-scale study aims to describe and evaluate one initiative in this field.
▪ Sociological study does not aim to discover who is innocent of the charges against them and who is guilty.
▪ This study aimed to analyse H pylori infection within family groups.
▪ This study aimed to assess the usefulness of endosonography in the surveillance of these patients.
▪ Many studies have aimed at typologies of code switching which classify switches according to their function in discourse.
▪ The study also aims to represent the views of those people who have made successful or unsuccessful placements.
▪ This study aims to examine the role of Protestant working class youth culture in transmitting loyalist ethnic and political identity.
▪ The study aimed to review referral patterns and assess the cost effectiveness of oesophageal manometry in clinical practice.
▪ He picked up his shotgun, aimed, then fired.
▪ The firing squad were already aiming their rifles and waiting for the order to shoot.
▪ The man aimed his gun but did not shoot.
▪ The rocket-launchers are aimed at Washington.
▪ Which part of the target were you aiming at?
▪ You can tell he was a professional killer -- they always aim for the chest.
▪ Businessure is aimed at businesses with a turnover of up to £1m and generally involving premiums of up to £5,000 perannum.
▪ Focalink of Palo Alto aims to provide advertisers with demographic profiles of people who visit various Web sites.
▪ He had to aim his headlights at the street signs to find the right one.
▪ If you are lighting a single object, aim to place your fixture so that there is no distracting reflection.
▪ Reformed systems of direct support, aimed in particular at helping family farms and crofts.
▪ The best advertorial in the world will be of no value at all if it is aimed at the wrong audience.
▪ The Financial Statement was a voluntary arrangement, which aimed to avoid court action.
▪ They need a person who sets standards of competence and integrity to be aimed at.

Aim (toothpaste)

Aim is a brand of toothpaste from Church & Dwight (in the United States and in Canada) and Unilever (All other countries). Aim was introduced in 1975 by Unilever, and the brand was purchased by Church & Dwight in 2003 in the United States and Canada, but Unilever owns the brand outside of those two countries. Aim toothpaste is made in Australia by Pental Limited, Australia's largest soap manufacturer, with production facilities in Shepparton, Victoria.

However, Aim toothpaste was still produced by Unilever in Greece, with similar formulations to Signal, Pepsodent and Mentadent.

AIM (disambiguation)


AIM or Aim may refer to:

AIM (motorcycle)

AIM motorcycles were sports machines built in Italy between 1974 and 1982 using 49cc and 124cc Sachs and Franco Morini two-stroke engines.

AIM (album)

AIM is the upcoming fifth and final studio album by English recording artist M.I.A, scheduled for release on 9 September 2016. The album will become available for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon at 9PM PST on August 18, 2016.

Aim (musician)

Aim (born Andrew Turner) 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.

Aim has also worked as remixer, mixing songs for a variety of artists including Ian Brown, Saint Etienne, The Charlatans, Lil' Kim, Thunderbugs, Archive, Down to the Bone, Texas and former label-mates Rae & Christian.



  1. n. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his 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" [syn: purpose, intent, intention, design]

  2. the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); "the sole object of her trip was to see her children" [syn: object, objective, target]

  3. the action of directing something at an object; "he took aim and fired"

  4. the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies [syn: bearing, heading]

  5. v. aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; "Please 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" [syn: take, train, take aim, direct]

  6. propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon" [syn: purpose, purport, propose]

  7. move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you driving at?" [syn: drive, get]

  8. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public [syn: calculate, direct]

  9. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself" [syn: target, place, direct, point]

  10. direct (a remark) toward an intended goal; "She wanted to aim a pun"

  11. have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal [syn: draw a bead on, aspire, shoot for]

The Collaborative International Dictionary


Command \Com*mand"\, n.

  1. An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction.

    Awaiting what command their mighty chief Had to impose.

  2. The possession or exercise of authority.

    Command and force may often create, but can never cure, an aversion.

  3. Authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the forces under his command.

  4. Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey.

    The steepy stand Which overlooks the vale with wide command.

  5. Control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to have command over one's temper or voice; the fort has command of the bridge.

    He assumed an absolute command over his readers.

  6. A body of troops, or any naval or military force or post, or the whole territory under the authority or control of a particular officer.

    Word of command (Mil.), a word or phrase of definite and established meaning, used in directing the movements of soldiers; as, aim; fire; shoulder arms, etc.

    Syn: Control; sway; power; authority; rule; dominion; sovereignty; mandate; order; injunction; charge; behest. See Direction.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


early 14c., "to estimate, calculate," also "to intend," from Old French aesmer "value, rate; count, estimate," from Latin aestimare "appraise" (see estimation); current meaning apparently developed from "esteem," to "calculate," to "calculate with a view to action" (c.1400), then to "direct a missile, a blow, etc." (1570s). Related: Aimed; aiming.


early 14c., "target;" late 14c., "guess;" from aim (v.). Meaning "action of aiming" is from early 15c. (to take aim, originally make aim); that of "thing intended, purpose" is from 1620s.



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Usage examples of "aim".

Africa had been abysmal, though in truth his aim had been more to occupy himself and to avoid his father, than to add to his income.

James Warburg affidavit is not aimed at the original boo but rather at an anti-Semitic book circulated over a decade later.

The man aims for that rapidly vanishing afterglow, alone on a darkly painted sea, a single, tiny figure chasing a sun that has already deserted him.

He stood upon an eminence--he might Have been a very father to his people, But all his aim and pleasure was to raise Himself and his own house: and now may those Whom he has aggrandized, lament for him.

Once again, he found himself looking at the dark bulk of the aggressor ship as it came about and aimed its weapons ports.

It was evident that he did not like the vicomte and was aiming his remarks at him, though without looking at him.

Amid the smoke, deafened by the incessant reports which always made him jump, Tushin not taking his pipe from his mouth ran from gun to gun, now aiming, now counting the charges, now giving orders about replacing dead or wounded horses and harnessing fresh ones, and shouting in his feeble voice, so high pitched and irresolute.

Erza passed them, got within a length, flew at the hare with terrible swiftness aiming at his scut, and, thinking she had seized him, rolled over like a ball.

He left his home in Tangier in 1325 aiming, in the first instance, to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Jesus, aiming to detach the mind from this world by concentrating on the horrors of hell, the saving truth of the gospel story, and the example of Christ.

The French cavalrymen, more used to the sword than the carbine, were aiming high, but that common fault was small consolation amidst their bullets.

He had a speck of luminous paint on the sight at the tip of the barrel to help aiming at night.

He could not see the pilot, but he had a fair idea where the man would be huddled on the floor, and he was just aiming at that part of the floor when the helicopter veered sharply up the cliff.

Crack, crack, crack, their trigger hands in constant motion, ejecting old shells, chambering fresh ones, not really aiming as they yanked off their bullets, the recoils jolting them.

His back felt so naked, so white in the gloom that he kept expecting to glance around and see the kid aiming with a smile at the cleft between his shoulder blades.