target


1tar·get

noun, often attributive \ˈtär-gət\

: something that you are trying to do or achieve

: a place, thing, or person at which an attack is aimed

: the person or group that someone is trying to influence, sell something to, etc.

Full Definition of TARGET

1
:  a small round shield
2
a :  a mark to shoot at
b :  a target marked by shots fired at it
c :  something or someone fired at or marked for attack
d :  a goal to be achieved
3
a :  an object of ridicule or criticism
b :  something or someone to be affected by an action or development
4
a :  the metallic surface (as of platinum or tungsten) upon which the stream of electrons within an X-ray tube is focused and from which the X-rays are emitted
b :  a body, surface, or material bombarded with nuclear particles or electrons; especially :  fluorescent material on which desired visual effects are produced in electronic devices (as in radar)
off target
:  not valid :  inaccurate
on target
:  precisely correct or valid especially in interpreting or addressing a problem or vital issue

Examples of TARGET

  1. Our target amount for the fund-raiser is $2,500.
  2. They set a target date of May 31.
  3. Planes struck at key military targets.
  4. Tourists are often easy targets for thieves.

Origin of TARGET

Middle English, from Middle French targette, targuete, diminutive of targe light shield, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse targa shield
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

Rhymes with TARGET

2target

transitive verb

: to aim an attack at someone or something

: to direct an action, message, etc., at someone or something

Full Definition of TARGET

1
:  to make a target of <targeted her for promotion>; especially :  to set as a goal
2
:  to direct or use toward a target

Examples of TARGET

  1. drugs that target cancer cells

First Known Use of TARGET

1837

tar·get

noun \ˈtär-gət\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TARGET

1
: something to be affected by an action or development; specifically : an organ, part, or tissue that is affected by the action of a hormone
2
a : the metallic surface usually of platinum or tungsten upon which the stream of electrons within an X-ray tube is focused and from which the X-rays are emitted b : a body, surface, or material bombarded with nuclear particles or electrons
3
: the thought or object that is to be recognized (as by telepathy) or affected (as by psychokinesis) in a parapsychological experiment

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