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1 a reference point to shoot at; "his arrow hit the mark" [syn: mark]
2 a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence; "he fell prey to muggers"; "everyone was fair game"; "the target of a manhunt" [syn: prey, quarry, fair game]
3 the location of the target that is to be hit [syn: target area]
4 sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at [syn: butt]
5 the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); "the sole object of her trip was to see her children" [syn: aim, object, objective] v : intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself" [syn: aim, place, direct, point]

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Diminutive of targe.


IPA: /tɑ:gɪt/


  1. A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile.
    Take careful aim at the target.
  2. A goal or objective.
    They have a target to finish the project by November.
  3. A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, Act II, Scene IV, line 200,
      These four came all afront, and mainly thrust at me. I made me no more ado but took all their seven points in my target, thus.
  4. armor obsolete A shield resembling the Roman scutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22,
      The target or buckler was carried by the heavy armed foot, it answered to the scutum of the Romans; its form was sometimes that of a rectangular parallelogram, but more commonly had it's bottom rounded off; it was generally convex, being curved in it's breadth.
  5. The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark.
    He made a good target.
  6. The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.
  7. A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.
  8. the number of runs that the side batting last needs to score in the final innings in order to win
  9. The tenor of a metaphor.

Related terms


kind of small shield (1)
  • Finnish: kilpi
shield resembling the Roman scutum (2)
butt or mark to shoot at (3)
  • Croatian: meta
  • Czech: terč
  • Danish: mål, skydeskive
  • Finnish: maali, kohde
  • French: cible
  • Hebrew: מטרה
  • Kurdish: نیشان
  • Serbian: meta
  • Slovenian: tarča


  1. To aim something (especially a weapon) at a target.


to aim something (especially a weapon) at a target

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target in Danish: Target
target in German: Target
target in Spanish: Target
target in French: Target
target in Italian: Target
target in Dutch: Target
target in Polish: Target

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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