Definitions for TARGETˈtɑr gɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tar•getˈtɑr gɪt(n.)

  1. an object, usu. marked with concentric circles, to be aimed at in shooting practice or contests.

  2. any object used for this purpose.

  3. anything fired at.

  4. a goal to be reached; aim.

  5. an object of abuse, scorn, derision, etc.; butt.

  6. Category: Heraldry

    Ref: targe.

  7. (adj.)being or indicating a target or goal.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. (v.t.)to use, set up, or designate as a target or goal.

  9. to direct toward a target.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  10. to make a target of, as for attack or abuse.

Idioms for target:

  1. on target, accurate or correct; precisely right.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of target:

1350–1400; ME (n.) < MF targuete, alter. of targete small shield. See targe , -et


Princeton's WordNet

  1. target, mark(noun)

    a reference point to shoot at

    "his arrow hit the mark"

  2. prey, quarry, target, fair game(noun)

    a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence

    "he fell prey to muggers"; "everyone was fair game"; "the target of a manhunt"

  3. target, target area(noun)

    the location of the target that is to be hit

  4. target, butt(noun)

    sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at

  5. aim, object, objective, target(verb)

    the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

    "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"

  6. target, aim, place, direct, point(verb)

    intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

    "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. target(noun)ˈtɑr gɪt

    sb or sth that is attacked

    civilian targets; the target of an attack

  2. targetˈtɑr gɪt

    sth you aim to achieve

    our sales target for this month; We set a target of $2 million.

  3. targetˈtɑr gɪt

    likely to achieve your target

  4. targetˈtɑr gɪt

    the audience/customer/price etc. you hope to achieve

    The target audience is 4 to 6-year-olds.

  5. targetˈtɑr gɪt

    sb or sth that is criticized

    The UN program to fight global warming is the target of criticism.

  6. targetˈtɑr gɪt

    an object aimed at in sport, shooting practice, etc.

    He hit/missed the target several times.

  7. target(verb)ˈtɑr gɪt

    to aim an attack at sb or sth

    missile attacks targeting military bases

  8. targetˈtɑr gɪt

    to focus efforts or comments toward sb or sth

    an ad campaign targeted at the over-50 age group


  1. target(Noun)

    A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile.

    Take careful aim at the target.

  2. target(Noun)

    A goal or objective.

    They have a target to finish the project by November.

  3. target(Noun)

    A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.

  4. target(Noun)

    A shield resembling the Roman scutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term.

  5. target(Noun)

    The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark.

    He made a good target.

  6. target(Noun)

    The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.

  7. target(Noun)

    A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.

  8. target(Noun)

    the number of runs that the side batting last needs to score in the final innings in order to win

  9. target(Noun)

    The tenor of a metaphor.

  10. target(Verb)

    To aim something, especially a weapon, at (a target).

  11. target(Verb)

    To aim for as an audience or demographic.

    The advertising campaign targeted older women.

  12. target(Verb)

    To produce code suitable for.

    This cross-platform compiler can target any of several processors.

  13. target(Noun)

    The translated version of a document, or the language into which translation occurs.

    Do you charge by source or target?

  14. target(Noun)

    A person (or group of people) that a person or organization is trying to employ or to have as a customer, audience etc.

  15. Origin: Diminutive of targe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Target(noun)

    a kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war

  2. Target(noun)

    a butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile

  3. Target(noun)

    the pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark; as, he made a good target

  4. Target(noun)

    the sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff

  5. Target(noun)

    a conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal


  1. Target

    Target was a police drama series which ran from 1977-78 on BBC1. It was set in Southampton as the 13th Regional Crime Squad. The series was originally developed under the title of Hackett by producer Graham Williams, but he was then asked to swop roles with the outgoing producer of Doctor Who, Philip Hinchcliffe who retitled the show Target. It starred Patrick Mower as Det. Supt. Steve Hackett, Brendan Price as Det. Sgt. Frank Bonney, Vivien Heilbron as Det. Sgt. Louise Colbert and Philip Madoc as Det. Chief Supt. Tate. Seventeen episodes were produced over two series. The show was the BBC response to ITV's highly successful series The Sweeney. Like The Sweeney the cars used were Fords, mostly Cortinas and Granadas; however Hackett's personal car is American along the lines of a Dodge Charger and is seen in a number of episodes. There is a distinct lack of humour compared to the Sweeney and at the time the series was slated as being more violent than The Sweeney, though watching this now it is hard to tell the difference. The second series was toned down. Also Patrick Mower being such a strong actor seems to overpower the supporting cast, something that was not evident in the Sweeney. The theme music was by Dudley Simpson. Each episode lasted approx 50mins. A third series was mooted with Robert Banks Stewart taking over as producer. He spent two weeks in the producer's chair, during which he planned to change the supporting cast, bring down the violence and steer the show further away from The Sweeney. However, he has then informed by the head of drama that the series was being scrapped and asked to come up with a replacement crime series. He devised the private eye drama Shoestring.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. target

    1. An entity or object considered for possible engagement or other action. 2. In intelligence usage, a country, area, installation, agency, or person against which intelligence operations are directed. 3. An area designated and numbered for future firing. 4. In gunfire support usage, an impact burst that hits the target. See also objective area.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TARGET' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1612

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TARGET' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2238

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TARGET' in Nouns Frequency: #510

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TARGET' in Verbs Frequency: #870

Translations for TARGET

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a marked board or other object aimed at in shooting practice, competitions etc with a rifle, bow and arrow etc

His shots hit the target every time.

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