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target

noun [C]  us   /ˈtɑr·ɡɪt/

target noun [C] (OBJECT AIMED AT)

an object aimed and fired at during shooting practice, often a circle with a pattern of rings, or any object or place at which arrows, bullets, bombs, and other missiles are aimed: I missed the target. The plane passed over the target. A target is also a person or group attacked in some way: The president was the main target of the senator’s speech.

target noun [C] (INTENDED RESULT)

a result or situation that you intend to achieve: We met our sales target for the year. Your calculations were on target (= accurate).

target

verb [T]  us   /ˈtɑr·ɡɪt/

target verb [T] (AIM)

to direct an action, advertising, or a product at a particular person or group: The paper is targeted at young people.

target verb [T] (AIM ATTACK)

to direct an attack or criticism against someone or something: The candidate targeted his opponent's comments on the policy.
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