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target

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noun, often attributive tar·get \ˈtär-gət\

Simple Definition of target

  • : 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.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of target

  1. 1 :  a small round shield

  2. 2a :  a mark to shoot atb :  a target marked by shots fired at itc :  something or someone fired at or marked for attackd :  a goal to be achieved

  3. 3a :  an object of ridicule or criticismb :  something or someone to be affected by an action or development

  4. 4a :  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 emittedb :  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

  1. :  not valid :  inaccurate

on target

  1. :  precisely correct or valid especially in interpreting or addressing a problem or vital issue

Examples of target in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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target

transitive verb tar·get

Simple Definition of target

  • : to aim an attack at someone or something

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of target

  1. 1 :  to make a target of <targeted her for promotion>; especially :  to set as a goal

  2. 2 :  to direct or use toward a target

Examples of target in a sentence

  1. drugs that target cancer cells



1837

First Known Use of target

1837

Rhymes with target



TARGET Defined for Kids

target

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noun tar·get \ˈtär-gət\

Definition of target for Students

  1. 1 :  a mark or object to shoot at or attack

  2. 2 :  a person or thing that is talked about, criticized, or laughed at

  3. 3 :  a goal to be reached <Her target is to lose ten pounds by summer.>




Medical Dictionary

target

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noun tar·get \ˈtär-gət\

Medical Definition of target

  1. 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. 2a:  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 emittedb:  a body, surface, or material bombarded with nuclear particles or electrons

  3. 3:  the thought or object that is to be recognized (as by telepathy) or affected (as by psychokinesis) in a parapsychological experiment




Law Dictionary

target

noun tar·get

Legal Definition of target

  1. :  the object to be affected or achieved by an action or development; specifically :  a company that is the object of a takeover





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