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Definition of Aim

  AIM   noun
The task we set our wishes to.   
'Cheer up!  Have you no aim in life?'
      She tenderly inquired.
  'An aim?  Well, no, I haven't, wife;
      The fact is -- I have fired.'

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
e?m v. & n. --v. 1 intr. (foll. by at + verbal noun, or to + infin.) intend or try (aim at winning; aim to win). 2 tr. (usu. foll. by at) direct or point (a weapon, remark, etc.). 3 intr. take aim. 4 intr. (foll. by at, for) seek to attain or achieve. --n. 1 a purpose, a design, an object aimed at. 2 the directing of a weapon, missile, etc., at an object. Ýtake aim direct a weapon etc. at an object. [ME f. OF ult. f. L aestimare reckon]

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