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target

noun uk   /ˈtɑː.ɡɪt/ us    /ˈtɑːr-/

target noun (OBJECT SHOT AT)

B2 [C] an object shot at during shooting practice, often a circle with a pattern of rings, or any object or place at which bullets, bombs, etc. are aimed: I had four shots but I didn't even hit the target. Any major airport or station is potentially a terrorist target.

target noun (PERSON/GROUP)

C2 [C usually singular] a person or a particular group of people that something is directed at, or that something is intended for: The target audience for the TV series are young people aged 13 to 18. C1 [C usually singular] one or more people who are criticized or laughed at, or who experience unpleasant treatment from others: Recently she has been the target of a series of obscene phone calls.

target noun (AIM)

B2 [C] a level or situation that you intend to achieve: The government's target of 3.5 percent annual growth seems easily attainable.
Idioms

target

verb [T] uk   /ˈtɑː.ɡɪt/ us    /ˈtɑːr-/

target verb [T] (DIRECT)

C2 to direct advertising, criticism, or a product at someone: The paper is targeted specifically at young people.

target verb [T] (ATTACK)

to aim an attack, or a bullet, bomb, etc., at a particular object, place, or person: It is hoped that civilians will not be targeted during the war.
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