aim


aim
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noun
1 purpose/goal
ADJECTIVE
broad, general, overall
basic, central, fundamental
chief, first, key, main, major, overriding, primary, prime (BrE), principal
sole

His sole aim in life is to enjoy himself.

clear, explicit, specific

It is important to have a clear aim in view.

ambitious
high, noble, worthy (esp. BrE)

Simple truth must be the highest aim of any real investigation.

limited, modest
legitimate
common

I want to see a strong and united country in which people work together with common aims.

immediate, initial
original
eventual, ultimate

His ultimate aim was to force the chairman to resign.

long-term, short-term
avowed, declared, express, expressed, stated

The express aim of the treaty is to keep the whole region free from nuclear weapons.

war
policy, political, strategic
VERB + AIM
have
set (yourself)
accomplish, achieve, fulfil/fulfill

You will have to work hard to achieve your aim.

further, pursue

They were intent on furthering their aims.

The country is still pursuing its aim of joining the EU.

PREPOSITION
with the aim of

She started the organization with the aim of helping local people.

PHRASES
aims and objectives

What are the aims and objectives of this visit?

2 pointing weapon, etc.
ADJECTIVE
careful, direct, steady

I'll take more careful aim next time.

poor

His aim was poor and he missed the target.

VERB + AIM
take
adjust
PREPOSITION
aim at

He took aim at the target and fired.

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verb
1 try/plan to achieve sth
PREPOSITION
at

She's aiming at a scholarship this year.

for

He is aiming for a win in this race.

PHRASES
aim high (= to attempt to achieve a lot)

a young man who is prepared to aim high

2 intend sth for sb
ADVERB
clearly, directly, squarely
deliberately
largely, mainly, mostly, primarily, principally
particularly, specifically
solely
PHRASES
be aimed at

educational courses aimed particularly at older people

3 point/direct sth at sb
ADVERB
directly, straight
carefully, deliberately
PREPOSITION
at

She aimed the gun straight at the intruder.

for

Aim for his legs, not his body.

Aim is used with these nouns as the object: ↑arrow, ↑blow, ↑bow, ↑camera, ↑cannon, ↑gun, ↑kick, ↑laser, ↑missile, ↑pistol, ↑revolver, ↑rifle, ↑shot, ↑shotgun, ↑weapon

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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