Aimer



to position or direct (a firearm, ball, arrow, rocket, etc.) so that, on firing or release, the discharged projectile will hit a target or travel along a certain path.
to intend or direct for a particular effect or purpose:
to aim a satire at snobbery.
to point or direct a gun, punch, etc., toward:
He aimed at the target but missed it.
to strive; try (usually followed by to or at):
We aim to please. They aim at saving something every month.
to intend:
She aims to go tomorrow.
to direct efforts, as toward an object:
The satire aimed at modern greed.
Obsolete. to estimate; guess.
the act of aiming or directing anything at or toward a particular point or target.
the direction in which a weapon or missile is pointed; the line of sighting:
within the cannon’s aim.
the point intended to be hit; thing or person aimed at:
to miss one’s aim.
something intended or desired to be attained by one’s efforts; purpose:
whatever his aim in life may be.
Obsolete. conjecture; guess.
take aim, to sight a target:
to take aim and fire.
Historical Examples

In the first case the unaccented, in the second the accented form has prevailed—Modern French parle, parler; aime, aimer.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 1 “Franciscans” to “French Language” Various

Every morning at this hour they have a weary tussle with the verb “aimer,” “to love.”
Nancy Rhoda Broughton

Voltaire—that hardened old cynic—laid it down that the true ends of life are “aimer et penser.”
The Problem of China Bertrand Russell

aimer quelqu’un, c’est à la fois lui ôter le droit, et lui donner la puissance de nous faire souffrir.
Prisoners Mary Cholmondeley

In French chercher—rocher is a better rhyme than aimer—rocher (in each case with the accent on the last syllable).
A Handbook of the Cornish Language Henry Jenner

verb
to point (a weapon, missile, etc) or direct (a blow) at a particular person or object; level
(transitive) to direct (satire, criticism, etc) at a person, object, etc
(intransitive; foll by at or an infinitive) to propose or intend: we aim to leave early
(intransitive; often foll by at or for) to direct one’s efforts or strive (towards): to aim at better communications, to aim high
noun
the action of directing something at an object
the direction in which something is pointed; line of sighting (esp in the phrase to take aim)
the object at which something is aimed; target
intention; purpose
abbreviation
(in Britain) Alternative Investment Market
v.

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.
n.

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.
American Indian Movement
In addition to the idiom beginning with aim also see: take aim

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