Meaning of TARGET in English


n. & v.


1. a mark or point fired or aimed at, esp. a round or rectangular object marked with concentric circles.

2 a person or thing aimed at, or exposed to gunfire etc. (they were an easy target).

3 (also attrib.) an objective or result aimed at (our export targets; target date).

4 a person or thing against whom criticism, abuse, etc., is or may be directed.

5 archaic a shield or buckler, esp. a small round one. (targeted, targeting)

1. identify or single out (a person or thing) as an object of attention or attack.

2 aim or direct (missiles targeted on major cities; should target our efforts where needed).


targetable adj.

Etymology: ME, dimin. of ME and OF targe shield

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