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target

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

Definition of target

1 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
2 a :an object of ridicule or criticism
b :something or someone to be affected by an action or development
3 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)
4 :a small round shield
off target
:not valid :inaccurate
on target
: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.

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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


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target

verb

Definition of target

transitive verb
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 in a Sentence

  1. drugs that target cancer cells

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First Known Use of target

1837



TARGET Defined for English Language Learners

target

noun

Definition of target for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


target

verb

Definition of target for English Language Learners

  • : to aim an attack at someone or something

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


TARGET Defined for Kids

target

noun tar·get \ ˈtär-gət \

Definition of target for Students

1 :a mark or object to shoot at or attack
2 :a person or thing that is talked about, criticized, or laughed at
3 :a goal to be reached Her target is to lose ten pounds by summer.

Medical Dictionary

target

noun tar·get \ ˈtär-gət \

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

Law Dictionary

target

noun tar·get

legal Definition of target

: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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