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target

tar·get

target

 
 
pronunciation:
tar giht
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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Word History
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an object or mark at which bullets, arrows, or darts are fired or aimed.
With her bow and arrow, she hit the target every time.
 
synonyms:
mark
similar words:
bull's-eye, goal
definition 2: a goal; objective.
Her target was to win a raise in pay.
synonyms:
aim, goal, objective
similar words:
intention, mark, object, purpose
definition 3: someone or something that is made fun of, criticized or scorned; butt.
They made him a target because he wears clothes that are different from theirs.
synonyms:
butt, prey, victim
similar words:
fool, goat, mark, object, pigeon
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: targeted, targeting, targets
definition: to make a target of.
The thieves targeted foreign tourists.Some cigarette ads target teenagers.
similar words:
aim for, design
Word History
Target comes from targe, a French word for a small round shield, not a large one that covered the whole body.