target

tar|get1 W2S3 [ˈta:gıt US ˈta:r-] n
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1¦(aim)¦
2¦(object of attack)¦
3¦(object of an action)¦
4¦(shooting)¦
5 target audience/group/area etc
6 target language
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[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: targette, from targe 'small shield']
1.) ¦(AIM)¦
something that you are trying to achieve, such as a total, an amount, or a time
= ↑goal
sales/attainment/growth etc targets
demanding financial targets
target of
the target of a one-third reduction in road accidents
target for
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%.
on target
(=likely to achieve a target)
The company says that growth of 10% is on target.
2.) ¦(OBJECT OF ATTACK)¦
an object, person, or place that is deliberately chosen to be attacked
target for/of
Railway stations are prime targets (=very likely targets) for bombs.
easy/soft target
Cars without security devices are an easy target for the thief.
3.) ¦(OBJECT OF AN ACTION)¦
the person or place that is most directly affected by an action, especially a bad one
target for/of
The area has become a prime target for supermarket development.
The country is a target of criticism for its human rights record.
4.) ¦(SHOOTING)¦
something that you practise shooting at, especially a round board with circles on it
The area is used by the army for target practice .
5.) target audience/group/area etc
a limited group, area etc that a plan, idea etc is aimed at
Our target audience is men aged between 18 and 35.
6.) target language
the language that you are learning or that you are translating into
target 2
target2 v [T]
1.) to make something have an effect on a particular limited group or area
The advertisement was designed to target a mass audience.
target sth on/at sb/sth
a new benefit targeted on low-income families
The programme is targeted at improving the health of women of all ages.
2.) to aim something at a target
target sth on/at sb/sth
The missiles are targeted at several key military sites.
3.) to choose a particular person or place to do something to, especially to attack them or criticize them
It's clear that smaller, more vulnerable banks have been targeted.
He was targeted by terrorists for a second time last night.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:
(to be shot at)


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