on-tar·​get ˈän-ˈtär-gət How to pronounce on-target (audio)
: exactly appropriate : accurate
on-target advice

Examples of on-target in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Through two games, on-target passes by Jackson have been dropped just 4.7% of the time, compared with 7.3% for his career and 9% last season. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 20 Sep. 2023 Blanco and Boli made an immediate impact in the 76th minute, combining for a play where Blanco played a cross in to Boli, whose strike was perfectly on-target at the far post but saved well in the end by John McCarthy. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2023 Positioning your home to sell through on-target pricing and strategic marketing has never been more important in the Dallas-Fort Worth real estate market. Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Dallas News, 1 Aug. 2023 At times Robot Kyle felt like an extremely enthusiastic and productive, but rarely on-target, personal intern. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 11 July 2023 The throw from Carpenter to Haase wasn't close, but an on-target throw to the catcher would have gotten him at the plate easily. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 2 July 2023 Can rip shots or thread the needle with on-target touch passes. Kyle Woodlief, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 The Timbers’ first chance came in the fifth minute, a curling ball in from Juan David Mosquera that reached Franck Boli, but Boli couldn’t turn it on-target. oregonlive, 24 June 2023 Scoreless stalemate so far (25') FC Cincinnati doesn't have much going forward and certainly doesn't have an on-target shot. The Enquirer, 24 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of on-target was in 1967

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“On-target.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on-target. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: just right : accurate
gave him on-target advice
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