Target - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈtɑːrɡɪt|  American pronunciation of the word target
Brit.  |ˈtɑːɡɪt|  British pronunciation of the word target

noun

- a reference point to shoot at (syn: mark)
- a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence(syn: prey, quarry)
- 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 (syn: butt)
- the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable) (syn: aim, object, objective)

verb

- intend (something) to move towards a certain goal (syn: aim, direct, place, point)

Examples

Our target amount for the fund-raiser is $2,500.

They set a target date of May 31.

Planes struck at key military targets.

Tourists are often easy targets for thieves.

The bombs landed dead on target.

No civilian buildings were targeted.

The paper targets young people. / The paper is targeted at / on young people.

Higher degrees in English are a target for foreign students.

There is no target date for completion of the new project.

The government may fail to meet (=achieve) its target of recycling 25% of domestic waste

Jiang set annual growth targets of 8-9%.

The company says that growth of 10% is on target.

Railway stations are prime targets (=very likely targets) for bombs.

Cars without security devices are an easy target for the thief.

The area has become a prime target for supermarket development.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: target
he/she/it: targets
present participle: targeting
past tense: targeted
past participle: targeted
noun
singular: target
plural: targets
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