[ tahr-git ]
/ ˈtɑr gɪt /
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Idioms for 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.
Origin of target
OTHER WORDS FROM targettar·get·a·ble, adjectivetar·get·less, adjectiveun·tar·get·a·ble, adjectiveun·tar·get·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for target
We must not go back to unwise spending or untargeted tax cuts that risk reopening the deficit.
British Dictionary definitions for target
/ (ˈtɑːɡɪt) /
- 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 objectivethe 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 feelingsa 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
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 targettargetless, adjective
Word Origin for target
C14: from Old French targette a little shield, from Old French targe
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Medical definitions for target
[ tär′gĭt ]
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 target
see on target; sitting duck (target).
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