an object, usually marked with concentric circles, to be aimed at in shooting practice or contests.
any object used for this purpose.
anything fired at.
a goal to be reached.
an object of abuse, scorn, derision, etc.; butt.
Fencing. the portion of a fencer's body where a touch can be scored.
a disk-shaped signal, as at a railroad switch, indicating the position of a switch.
the sliding sight on a leveling rod.
any marker on which sights are taken.
a small shield, usually round, carried by a foot soldier; buckler.
that is or may be a target or goal: The target group consisted of college graduates who earned more than $50,000 a year.
to use, set up, or designate as a target or goal.
to direct toward a target: The new warheads can be targeted with great precision.
to make a target of (an object, person, city, etc.) for attack or bombardment.
target (in) on, to establish or use as a target or goal: The club is targeting on September for the move to larger quarters.
Idioms about target
properly aimed or on the right course toward a target.
accurate, correct, or valid: Their description of the event was on target.
filling or meeting a requirement or expectations: The amount of supplies we took was right on target.
- tar·get·a·ble, adjective
- tar·get·less, adjective
- un·tar·get·a·ble, adjective
- un·tar·get·ed, adjective
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How to use target in a sentence
“We want to leverage their supply chain, their ability to scale and reach these markets, and the trusted name that comes with them,” Johnson said, explaining the company’s reasoning for targeting OEMs.ClearFlame Engine Technologies takes aim at cleaning up diesel engines | Kirsten Korosec | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
Important targets for change are ones that drive a big portion of global emissions.Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money. | Sigal Samuel | September 17, 2020 | Vox
Moreno, 21, is the latest in a series of independent LGBTQ activists and journalists who the Cuban government has targeted.Cuban authorities threaten to arrest LGBTQ activist, journalist | Michael K. Lavers | September 17, 2020 | Washington Blade
Over time, that means inflation on average falls further from the target.Fed leaves short-term interest rates unchanged at nearly zero | Lee Clifford | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
A 55% target will send a clear signal to market players on the solidity of the EU climate trajectory.Europe doubles down on a pandemic recovery plan that’s green to the core | Bernhard Warner | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
In this war, the targeting is often happening on computer monitors thousands of miles away, capturing images from drones.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War | Nancy A. Youssef | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Targeting pods can bulge out a bit, and leak out unwanted signals.Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets | Dave Majumdar | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In fact, the recent outpouring of travel superlative lists is already targeting the next best thing.
When they combine it with their pop music, like Taylor Swift, it's basically targeting children and that's wrong.I Got Kicked Out Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show | Nico Hines | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This was from the time when the IRS was targeting conservative groups.
It obliterated his momentary joy at the thought that they were no longer targeting down at him.The Shadow | Arthur Stringer
It was clear that they were targeting on the Swift cargo jet.Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X | Victor Appleton
Fate gives no guarantee of responsibility for the targeting of the Love-God's darts.Destiny | Charles Neville Buck
This damage goes beyond the loss of power grids and other easily identifiable industrial targeting sets.Shock and Awe | Harlan K. Ullman
These same techniques also apply to law enforcement agencies targeting international crime and drug cartels using the highway.Shock and Awe | Harlan K. Ullman
British Dictionary definitions for target
an object or area at which an archer or marksman aims, usually a round flat surface marked with concentric rings
(as modifier): target practice
any point or area aimed at; the object of an attack or a takeover bid
(as modifier): target area; target company
a fixed goal or objective: the target for the appeal is £10 000
a person or thing at which an action or remark is directed or the object of a person's feelings: a target for the teacher's sarcasm
a joint of lamb consisting of the breast and neck
surveying a marker on which sights are taken, such as the sliding marker on a levelling staff
(formerly) a small round shield
a substance, object, or system subjected to bombardment by electrons or other particles, or to irradiation
an electrode in a television camera tube whose surface, on which image information is stored, is scanned by the electron beam
electronics an object to be detected by the reflection of a radar or sonar signal, etc
on target on the correct course to meet a target or objective
to make a target of
to direct or aim: to target benefits at those most in need
- targetless, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with target
see on target; sitting duck (target).
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