Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: targette, from targe 'small shield'


1 noun
Related topics: Sport, Military
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
target of
the target of a one-third reduction in road accidents
target 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.

object of attack

PM an object, person, or place that is deliberately chosen to be attacked
target 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.

object of an action

the person or place that is most directly affected by an action, especially a bad one
target for/of
The area has become a prime target for supermarket development.
The country is a target of criticism for its human rights record.


DS something that you practise shooting at, especially a round board with circles on it:
The area is used by the army for target practice.

target audience/group/area etc

S a limited group, area etc that a plan, idea etc is aimed at:
Our target audience is men aged between 18 and 35.

target language

the language that you are learning or that you are translating into

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