Meaning of TARGET in English
1》 a person, object, or place selected as the aim of an attack.
↘a round or rectangular board marked with concentric circles, aimed at in archery or shooting.
2》 an objective or result towards which efforts are directed: a sales ~.
3》 historical a small round shield or buckler.
■ verb ( ~s , ~ing , ~ed ) select as an object of attention or attack.
↘aim or direct (something).
on (or off ) ~ succeeding (or not succeeding) in hitting or achieving the thing aimed at.
ME: dimin. of targe .
Concise Oxford English vocab. Сжатый оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2004