target

A target is something to shoot at, either real or figurative. If you're an archer, you're aiming for the bull's-eye on the target. If you're selling cars for a living, then you likely have a sales target you need to hit.

You can hit a target, which is usually a good thing, or, less happily, you can be a target, such as a target of ridicule when you wear that goofy Swiss cheese hat and you aren't even from Wisconsin. As a marketing ploy, you could target Green Bay Packer season ticket holders when you decide to unload that hat. You might find a buyer among them, someone who wouldn't worry about being a target for those who object to silly hats.

Definitions of target
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n a reference point to shoot at

Synonyms:
mark
Types:
clout
a target used in archery
drogue
a funnel-shaped device towed as a target by an airplane
Type of:
point of reference, reference, reference point
an indicator that orients you generally

n the location of the target that is to be hit

Synonyms:
target area
Types:
ground zero
the target of a projectile (as a bomb or missile)
Type of:
place, spot, topographic point
a point located with respect to surface features of some region

n sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at

Synonyms:
butt
Types:
clay pigeon
target used in skeet or trapshooting
Type of:
sports equipment
equipment needed to participate in a particular sport

n the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

Synonyms:
aim, object, objective
Types:
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grail
the object of any prolonged endeavor
business
an immediate objective
point
the object of an activity
thing
a special objective
occasions
something you have to do
Type of:
end, goal
the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

n a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence

“the target of a manhunt”
Synonyms:
fair game, prey, quarry
Type of:
victim
an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance

v intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

Synonyms:
aim, direct, place, point
Types:
address
direct a question at someone
home in, range in, zero in
direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids
Type of:
aim, direct, take, take aim, train
point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

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