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Meaning of target

tar•get

Pronunciation: (tär'git), [key]
— n.
  1. an object, usually marked with concentric circles, to be aimed at in shooting practice or contests.
  2. any object used for this purpose.
  3. anything fired at.
  4. a goal to be reached.
  5. an object of abuse, scorn, derision, etc.; butt.
  6. the portion of a fencer's body where a touch can be scored.
  7. a disk-shaped signal, as at a railroad switch, indicating the position of a switch.
    1. the sliding sight on a leveling rod.
    2. any marker on which sights are taken.
  8. a small shield, usually round, carried by a foot soldier; buckler.
  9. Their description of the event was on target.
    1. properly aimed or on the right course toward a target.
    2. accurate, correct, or valid:Their description of the event was on target.
    3. filling or meeting a requirement or expectations:The amount of supplies we took was right on target.
—adj.
  1. that is or may be a target or goal: The target group consisted of college graduates who earned more than $50,000 a year.
—v.t.
  1. to use, set up, or designate as a target or goal.
  2. to direct toward a target: The new warheads can be targeted with great precision.
  3. to make a target of (an object, person, city, etc.) for attack or bombardment.
  4. to establish or use as a target or goal: The club is targeting on September for the move to larger quarters.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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