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tar·get

target

 
 
pronunciation:
tar giht
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an object or mark at which missiles, such as bullets, arrows, or bombs, are fired or directed.
She aimed her arrow straight at the target.The bomb missed its target, the munitions factory.
 
synonyms:
butt, mark
similar words:
bull's-eye, goal
definition 2: a goal; objective.
Her target was to win a promotion.
synonyms:
aim, goal, objective
similar words:
intention, mark, object, purpose
definition 3: an object of criticism, scorn, or abuse; butt.
His radical ideas made him a target for criticism.
synonyms:
butt, laughingstock, prey, victim
similar words:
dupe, fool, goat, gull, mark, mock, mockery, object, patsy, pigeon, scapegoat, scorn, sucker
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: targets, targeting, targeted
definition: to make a target of.
The guerrillas targeted the prime minister for assassination.
similar words:
aim for, design, home, scapegoat, sucker
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Word History
Target comes from targe, a French word for a small round shield, not a large one that covered the whole body.