1 aim, ambition, bull's-eye, end, goal, Holy Grail (informal) intention, mark, object, objective
2 butt, quarry, scapegoat, victim
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus
target ( targets plural & 3rd person present) ( targeting present participle) ( targetting present participle) ( targeted past tense & past participle) ( targetted past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A target is something at which someone is aiming a weapon or other object.
The missiles missed their target...
2 n-count A target is a result that you are trying to achieve.
He's won back his place too late to achieve his target of 20 goals this season.
3 verb To target a particular person or thing means to decide to attack or criticize them.
He targets the economy as the root cause of the deteriorating law and order situation. V n
Target is also a noun., n-count oft N of/for n
In the past they have been the target of racist abuse...
4 verb If you target a particular group of people, you try to appeal to those people or affect them.
The campaign will target American insurance companies... V n
Target is also a noun., n-count
Yuppies are a prime target group for marketing strategies.
5 If someone or something is on target, they are making good progress and are likely to achieve the result that is wanted.
on target phrase v-link PHR We were still right on target for our deadline.
sitting target ( sitting targets plural ) A sitting target is the same as a sitting duck. n-count
They know they are a sitting target for the press.
target market ( target markets plural ) A target market is a market in which a company is trying to sell its products or services. (BUSINESS) n-count
We decided that we needed to change our target market from the over-45s to the 35-45s.
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