Nearby words

  1. tardo,
  2. tardy,
  3. tare,
  4. tarentum,
  5. targe,
  6. target cell,
  7. target date,
  8. target gland,
  9. target language,
  10. target man


    on target,
    1. properly aimed or on the right course toward a target.
    2. accurate, correct, or valid: Their description of the event was on target.
    3. filling or meeting a requirement or expectations: The amount of supplies we took was right on target.

Origin of target

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

Related formstar·get·a·ble, adjectivetar·get·less, adjectiveun·tar·get·a·ble, adjectiveun·tar·get·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for targeting


/ (ˈtɑːɡɪt) /


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

to make a target of
to direct or aimto target benefits at those most in need
Derived Formstargetless, adjective

Word Origin for target

C14: from Old French targette a little shield, from Old French targe

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Word Origin and History for targeting
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Medicine definitions for targeting


[ tärgĭt ]


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 targeting


see on target; sitting duck (target).

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