|Origin:||targette, from targe 'small shield'|
tar‧get1 S3 W2 [countable]
something that you are trying to achieve, such as a total, an amount, or a time [= goal]
sales/attainment/growth etc targets
demanding financial targets
the target of a one-third reduction in road accidents
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.
an object, person, or place that is deliberately chosen to be attacked
object of attackPM
Cars without security devices are an easy target for the thief.
the person or place that is most directly affected by an action, especially a bad one
object of an action
The area has become a prime target for supermarket development.
The country is a target of criticism for its human rights record.
something that you practise shooting at, especially a round board with circles on it:
The area is used by the army for target practice.
a limited group, area etc that a plan, idea etc is aimed at:
Our target audience is men aged between 18 and 35.
the language that you are learning or that you are translating into