on-target

[ on-tahr-git, awn- ]
/ ˈɒnˈtɑr gɪt, ˈɔn- /

adjective

correct, accurate, or adhering closely to an anticipated outcome: an on-target forecast for the weekend weather.

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Definition for on target (2 of 2)

Origin of target

1350–1400; Middle English (noun) < Middle French targuete, variant of targete small shield. See targe, -et

OTHER WORDS FROM target

tar·get·a·ble, adjectivetar·get·less, adjectiveun·tar·get·a·ble, adjectiveun·tar·get·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for on target

target
/ (ˈtɑːɡɪt) /

noun

verb -gets, -geting or -geted (tr)

to make a target of
to direct or aimto target benefits at those most in need

Derived forms of target

targetless, adjective

Word Origin for target

C14: from Old French targette a little shield, from Old French targe
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Medical definitions for on target

target
[ tärgĭt ]

n.

One to be influenced or changed by an action or event.
A desired goal.
A usually metal part in an x-ray tube on which a beam of electrons is focused and from which x-rays are emitted.
A target organ.
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Idioms and Phrases with on target (1 of 2)

on target

Completely accurate, wholly valid, as in Our cost estimates were right on target, or His criticisms were on target. This seemingly old expression dates only from the mid-1900s, and the colloquial use of target for a goal one wishes to achieve dates from about 1940.

Idioms and Phrases with on target (2 of 2)

target

see on target; sitting duck (target).

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