Meaning of TARGET in English

TARGET

I.

noun

1 sb/sth that you try to destroy, hurt, steal, etc.

ADJECTIVE

▪ favourite/favorite , frequent , important , likely , natural , obvious , perfect , possible , potential , prime , suitable

The President is a favourite/favorite ~ of comedians.

▪ attractive , tempting

Trains are attractive ~s for terrorists.

▪ specific

▪ real

The real ~ of his satire is religion.

▪ easy , sitting , soft , tempting , vulnerable

The stationary trucks were sitting ~s for the enemy planes.

▪ legitimate

▪ intended

▪ fixed , stationary

▪ moving

▪ ground

▪ enemy , military , strategic

▪ civilian , non-military

▪ high-value

▪ terrorist

▪ takeover

The company could become a takeover ~.

VERB + TARGET

▪ choose , identify , pick

▪ aim at , attack , engage , go for , shoot at

▪ find , locate

▪ hit , reach , strike

The bomb reached its intended ~ ten seconds later.

▪ miss , overshoot

The flare overshot its ~ and set fire to a hotel.

▪ destroy

The missile is intended to destroy military ~s.

▪ track

The radar beam can track a number of ~s simultaneously.

▪ present

The damaged ship presented a tempting ~.

▪ make

The casino made an easy ~ for thieves.

TARGET + NOUN

▪ site

It should be possible to deliver the drug direct to the ~ site.

The missile never reached its ~ site.

PREPOSITION

▪ off ~

The missile veered way off ~ and landed in the sea.

▪ on ~

Politically speaking, his jibes were right on ~.

▪ ~ for

an easy ~ for thieves

2 object that you shoot at

VERB + TARGET

▪ put up , set up

The archers were setting up their ~s.

▪ aim at , shoot at

▪ hit

▪ miss

▪ use sth as

The boys used an old tree stump as a ~.

TARGET + NOUN

▪ area , range

▪ practice

PREPOSITION

▪ off ~

Patton was just off ~ with his shot.

▪ on ~

His first shot was bang on ~.

▪ wide of the ~

The shot went wide of the ~.

3 result, person, etc. that you aim to reach

ADJECTIVE

▪ achievable , attainable ( esp. BrE ), low , modest , realistic

▪ ambitious , challenging ( esp. BrE ), demanding ( esp. BrE ), difficult , high , tough , unrealistic

She has always set herself very high ~s.

▪ impossible

▪ new

▪ clear , specific

▪ chief , key , main , major , primary , prime , principal

▪ annual

▪ immediate , initial

▪ future , long-term , ultimate

▪ economic , financial , growth , inflation , performance , price , production , profit , recruitment , sales , spending

Hospital performance ~s will not be met.

VERB + TARGET

▪ set

Managers must set ~s that are realistic.

▪ aim for

Students should be given a ~ to aim for.

▪ achieve , meet , reach

▪ stay on/within

in a desperate attempt to stay within budget ~s

▪ exceed

The company pays bonuses to workers who exceed production ~s.

▪ fall short of

TARGET + NOUN

▪ audience , demographic ( esp. AmE ), group , market , population

The film's ~ demographic is women aged 18–49 years.

▪ date

to meet a ~ date of May 2002

▪ figure ( esp. BrE ), level , price , range , weight

PREPOSITION

▪ above (a/the) ~

Sales so far this year are 20% above ~.

▪ off ~

These figures are way off ~.

▪ on ~

We are still right on ~.

▪ within ~

We are well within our ~ for trains arriving on time.

▪ over (a/the) ~

Many pay agreements reached were over the original ~ of 4%.

▪ towards/toward (a/the) ~

We are working towards/toward a ~ of twenty cars a week.

▪ ~ for

The CEO has set new ~s for growth.

II.

verb

ADVERB

▪ deliberately , intentionally , particularly , specifically

Children are deliberately ~ed.

▪ actively ( esp. BrE ), directly

Police are actively ~ing known offenders.

an exercise that directly ~s the back muscles

▪ carefully , precisely

a carefully ~ed marketing campaign

▪ unfairly

The authority was accused of unfairly ~ing minority groups.

▪ primarily

PREPOSITION

▪ at

The products are ~ed at young people.

▪ for

This hospital is ~ed for additional funding.

▪ on

Tax cuts should be ~ed on the poor.

▪ towards/toward

We ~ our services towards/toward specific groups of people.

Target is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ bomb , ↑ campaign , ↑ missile , ↑ programme , ↑ vandal

Target is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ civilian , ↑ consumer , ↑ convoy , ↑ effort , ↑ immigrant , ↑ market , ↑ minority , ↑ precinct , ↑ victim , ↑ youth

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .