- tar|get1 W2S3 [ˈta:gıt US ˈta:r-] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(aim)¦2¦(object of attack)¦3¦(object of an action)¦4¦(shooting)¦5 target audience/group/area etc6 target language▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: targette, from targe 'small shield']1.) ¦(AIM)¦something that you are trying to achieve, such as a total, an amount, or a time= ↑goalsales/attainment/growth etc targets▪ demanding financial targetstarget of▪ the target of a one-third reduction in road accidentstarget for▪ Higher degrees in English are a target for foreign students.▪ There is no target date for completion of the new project.▪ The government may fail to meet (=achieve) its target of recycling 25% of domestic waste▪ Jiang set annual growth targets of 8-9%.on target(=likely to achieve a target)▪ The company says that growth of 10% is on target.2.) ¦(OBJECT OF ATTACK)¦an object, person, or place that is deliberately chosen to be attackedtarget for/of▪ Railway stations are prime targets (=very likely targets) for bombs.easy/soft target▪ Cars without security devices are an easy target for the thief.3.) ¦(OBJECT OF AN ACTION)¦the person or place that is most directly affected by an action, especially a bad onetarget for/of▪ The area has become a prime target for supermarket development.▪ The country is a target of criticism for its human rights record.4.) ¦(SHOOTING)¦something that you practise shooting at, especially a round board with circles on it▪ The area is used by the army for target practice .5.) target audience/group/area etca limited group, area etc that a plan, idea etc is aimed at▪ Our target audience is men aged between 18 and 35.6.) target languagethe language that you are learning or that you are translating intotarget 2target2 v [T]1.) to make something have an effect on a particular limited group or area▪ The advertisement was designed to target a mass audience.target sth on/at sb/sth▪ a new benefit targeted on low-income families▪ The programme is targeted at improving the health of women of all ages.2.) to aim something at a targettarget sth on/at sb/sth▪ The missiles are targeted at several key military sites.3.) to choose a particular person or place to do something to, especially to attack them or criticize them▪ It's clear that smaller, more vulnerable banks have been targeted.▪ He was targeted by terrorists for a second time last night.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.