aim-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: point or direct object, weapon, or blow at something or someone

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] AIM[punctual] (NP2[instrument]) (PP[target])
NOTE: Focus: directing and use of the instrument to achieve a punctual goal.

The hunter aimed an arrow (at the animal).
The hunter aimed carefully (at the animal). (Instrument of aim is implied.)
She aimed a kick at my shins.
He aimed an insult at me.
The new product is aimed at medical and legal professionals.
I aimed the camera so that the center spot was lined up with her face.
Aim your anger somewhere else!

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: aim.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4, 5

Sense Number 2: wish, purpose or intend to achieve something

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 AIM (NP2[instrument[abstract]]) PP NP1 AIM (NP2[instrument[abstract]]) COMP
NOTE: compare to sense 1; the instruments here are usually abstract, such as policies, campaigns, etc. Focus: wish for the achievement of a particular agenda.

The hunter aimed (wished) to kill (the animal).
She aimed to hurt me. She kicked my shins!
I am certain he aimed to insult me.
They aimed to help the medical and legal professonals with the new product.
They aimed to improve the eating habits of children through the campaign.
The photographer aimed (wished) to take a picture of her face.
I aim to arrive at noon.
We aim for a better education.
I aim to be a millionaire by the time I'm 35.
We are aiming for a 50% share of German market.
The talks are aiming at a compromise.
The campaign aimed at influencing public opinion.
She wanted to aim a pun.

VerbNet: wish-62
FrameNet: Purpose
PropBank: aim.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3, 6, 7