What is the meaning of target?


  • A reference point to shoot at.
    • usage: "his arrow hit the mark"
  • A person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence.
    • usage: "he fell prey to muggers"; "everyone was fair game"; "the target of a manhunt"
  • The location of the target that is to be hit.
  • Sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at.
  • The goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable. )
    • usage: "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"


  • Intend (something) to move towards a certain goal.
    • usage: "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
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APAWordNet. (2010). target. Retrieved October 16, 2017, from http://smartdefine.org/target/definitions/1208810
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "target" http://smartdefine.org/target/definitions/1208810 (accessed October 16, 2017).
HarvardWordNet 2010, target, Smart Define, viewed 16 October, 2017, <http://smartdefine.org/target/definitions/1208810>.
MLAWordNet. "target" 23 October 2010. Web. 16 October 2017. <http://smartdefine.org/target/definitions/1208810>
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