Meaning of “target” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun [ C ] us uk /ˈtɑːɡɪt/

B2 something or someone that you attack, shoot at, try to hit, etc:

It's very difficult to hit a moving target.
Foreign businesses in the region have become a target for terrorist attacks.

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B2 something that you intend to achieve:

I'm hoping to save 3,000 euros by June - that's my target.
If you want to lose weight, you have to set yourself (= decide) a target.

the person or thing that people are criticizing or blaming for something:

Such extreme views have recently made him the target of criticism.
be on target

to have made enough progress in order to achieve something that you intended to achieve:

[ + to do sth ] We're on target to finish the project in June.
target audience/market, etc

the group of people that a programme, product, etc is aimed at

(Definition of “target noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)