1275–1325; late Middle English aimen
< Anglo-French a
)smer, eimer, Old French aesmer
< Vulgar Latin *adaestimāre,
equivalent to Latin ad- ad-
); replacing Middle English amen
< Old French
< Latin aestimāre
aimer, nounaimful, adjectiveaimfully, adverbmisaim, verb, noununaimed, adjectiveunaiming, adjectiveunderaim, noununderaim, verbwell-aimed, adjective
target, objective. 11.
goal; intent, design. Aim, end, object
all imply something that is the goal of one's efforts. Aim
implies that toward which one makes a direct line, refusing to be diverted from it: a nobleness of aim; one's aim in life. End
emphasizes the goal as a cause of efforts: the end for which one strives. Object
emphasizes the goal as that toward which all efforts are directed: the object of years of study.