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aim as in 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"

Synonyms

  • purpose propose or intend; reach a decision; an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; what something is used for; the quality of being determined to do or achieve something
  • intent giving or marked by complete attention to; an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; the intended meaning of a communication
  • intention an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal; an act of intending
  • design make or work out a plan for; plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect; create the design for; make a design of; create designs; conceive or fashion in the mind; intend or have as a purpose; the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan); an arrangement scheme; something intended as a guide for making something else; a decorative or artistic work; an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something; the creation of something in the mind
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aim as in the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
  • "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"

Synonyms

  • object express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent; be averse to or express disapproval of; a tangible and visible entity; the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); (grammar) a constituent that is acted upon; the focus of cognitions or feelings; (computing) a discrete item that provides a description of virtually anything known to a computer
  • objective the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); the lens or system of lenses in a telescope or microscope that is nearest the object being viewed ; undistorted by emotion or personal bias; serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes; emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings or interpretation; belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events
  • target intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; a reference point to shoot at; a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence; the location of the target that is to be hit ; sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at ; the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
aim as in the action of directing something at an object
  • "he took aim and fired"
aim as in the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies

    Synonyms

    • bearing (of a structural member) withstanding a weight or strain ; relevant relation or interconnection; the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies ; dignified manner or conduct ; characteristic way of bearing one's body; heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield ; a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily
    • heading a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about; the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies ; a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine
    aim as in point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
    • "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"

    Synonyms

    • take the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption ; carry out; require (time or space); take somebody somewhere; get into one's hands, take physically; take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; interpret something in a certain way; take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; take into one's possession; travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route; pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; receive willingly something given or offered; assume, as of positions or roles; take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; require as useful, just, or proper; experience or feel or submit to; make a film or photograph of something; remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; serve oneself to, or consume regularly; accept or undergo, often unwillingly; make use of or accept for some purpose; take by force; occupy or take on; admit into a group or community; ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial; be a student of a certain subject; take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; head into a specified direction; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; be seized or affected in a specified way; have with oneself; engage for service under a term of contract; receive or obtain regularly; buy, select; to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort; have sex with; lay claim to; be designed to hold or take; be capable of holding or containing; develop a habit; proceed along in a vehicle; obtain by winning; be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
    • train public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive; a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding; a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file; a series of consequences wrought by an event; piece of cloth forming the long back section of a gown that is drawn along the floor; wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed; create by training and teaching; undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession; develop (a child's or animal's) behavior by instruction and practice; educate for a future role or function; teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; teach and supervise (someone); exercise in order to prepare for an event or competition; cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it; travel by rail or train; drag loosely along a surface
    • take aim point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
    • direct without deviation; direct in spatial dimensions; having no intervening persons, agents, conditions; straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity; (of a current) flowing in one direction only; being an immediate result or consequence; in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; lacking compromising or mitigating elements; command with authority; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; guide the actors in (plays and films) ; be in charge of ; take somebody somewhere; cause to go somewhere; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; lead, as in the performance of a composition; give directions to; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public ; direct the course; put an address on (an envelope) ; plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
    aim as in propose or intend
    • "I aim to arrive at noon"

    Synonyms

    • purpose propose or intend; reach a decision; an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; what something is used for; the quality of being determined to do or achieve something
    • purport have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming; propose or intend; the intended meaning of a communication ; the pervading meaning or tenor
    • propose make a proposal, declare a plan for something; present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.; propose or intend; put forward; ask (someone) to marry you
    aim as in move into a desired direction of discourse
    • "What are you driving at?"

    Synonyms

    • drive the act of applying force to propel something; a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine; a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; a road leading up to a private house; the trait of being highly motivated; hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; the act of driving a herd of animals overland ; a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile); a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire ; (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium ; a wide scenic road planted with trees; (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash) ; operate or control a vehicle; travel or be transported in a vehicle; cause someone or something to move by driving; force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; cause to move back by force or influence; compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment; push, propel, or press with force; cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; strive and make an effort to reach a goal; move into a desired direction of discourse; have certain properties when driven; work as a driver; move by being propelled by a force; urge forward; proceed along in a vehicle; strike with a driver, as in teeing off; hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally; excavate horizontally; cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling; (hunting) search for game; (hunting) chase from cover into more open ground
    • get a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent ; come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; enter or assume a certain state or condition; cause to move; receive a specified treatment (abstract); reach a destination; go or come after and bring or take back; go through (mental or physical states or experiences); take vengeance on or get even; achieve a point or goal; cause to do; succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; communicate with a place or person; give certain properties to something; move into a desired direction of discourse; grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of; attract and fix; reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot; reach by calculation; acquire as a result of some effort or action; purchase; perceive by hearing; suffer from the receipt of; receive as a retribution or punishment; leave immediately; reach and board; irritate; evoke an emotional response; apprehend and reproduce accurately; earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher; overcome or destroy; be a mystery or bewildering to; take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); make (offspring) by reproduction
    aim as in specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

      Synonyms

      • calculate make a mathematical calculation or computation ; judge to be probable ; keep an account of ; predict in advance ; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public ; have faith or confidence in
      • direct without deviation; direct in spatial dimensions; having no intervening persons, agents, conditions; straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity; (of a current) flowing in one direction only; being an immediate result or consequence; in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; lacking compromising or mitigating elements; command with authority; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; guide the actors in (plays and films) ; be in charge of ; take somebody somewhere; cause to go somewhere; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; lead, as in the performance of a composition; give directions to; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public ; direct the course; put an address on (an envelope) ; plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
      aim as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • target intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; a reference point to shoot at; a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence; the location of the target that is to be hit ; sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at ; the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
      • place put into a certain place or abstract location; place somebody in a particular situation or location; assign a rank or rating to; assign a location to; to arrange for; take a place in a competition; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; recognize as being; assign to (a job or a home) ; locate; estimate; identify the location or place of; make an investment; assign to a station ; finish second or better in a horse or dog race; sing a note with the correct pitch ; a point located with respect to surface features of some region; any area set aside for a particular purpose; an abstract mental location; a general vicinity; the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another; a particular situation; where you live at a particular time; a job in an organization; the particular portion of space occupied by something; proper or designated social situation; a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane); the passage that is being read; proper or appropriate position or location; a public square with room for pedestrians; an item on a list or in a sequence; a blank area
      • direct without deviation; direct in spatial dimensions; having no intervening persons, agents, conditions; straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity; (of a current) flowing in one direction only; being an immediate result or consequence; in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; lacking compromising or mitigating elements; command with authority; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; guide the actors in (plays and films) ; be in charge of ; take somebody somewhere; cause to go somewhere; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; lead, as in the performance of a composition; give directions to; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public ; direct the course; put an address on (an envelope) ; plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
      • point indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; be oriented; direct into a position for use; direct the course; be a signal for or a symptom of; sail close to the wind ; mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics ; mark with diacritics; mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes ; be positionable in a specified manner; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle; give a point to; repair the joints of bricks; a geometric element that has position but no extension; the precise location of something; a brief version of the essential meaning of something; an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; an instant of time; the object of an activity; a V shape; a very small circular shape; the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; a promontory extending out into a large body of water; a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list; a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect ; an outstanding characteristic; sharp end; any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; a linear unit used to measure the size of type; one percent of the total principal of a loan; a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; the dot at the left of a decimal fraction ; the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip ; a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; the gun muzzle's direction; a wall socket ; a contact in the distributor
      aim as in direct (a remark) toward an intended goal
      • "She wanted to aim a pun"
      aim as in have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

        Synonyms

        • draw a bead on aim with a gun; have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
        • aspire have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
        • shoot for have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

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