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Target appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Reviled, I saw one target nine men integrate now as I deliver.
  • "Ere hero-men integrate births?" Lew asks a Welsh tribe, "target nine more here!"
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun target:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb target:


The word target and its family (targeted, targeting, targets) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun target

What does target mean as a name of something?

Target is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: targets

  1. a reference point to shoot at
  2. a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence
    • example: the target of a manhunt
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of target: fair game / prey / quarry
    • more generic word: victim = an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
  3. the location of the target that is to be hit
  4. sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of target: butt
    • more generic term: sports equipment = equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
    • more specific term: clay pigeon = target used in skeet or trapshooting
  5. the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of target: aim / object / objective
    • more generic words: end / goal = the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
    • more specific words:
      • grail = the object of any prolonged endeavor
      • business = an immediate objective
      • point = the object of an activity
      • thing = a special objective

Alternative definition of the noun target


  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.
  2. A goal or objective.
  3. A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.
  4. [obsolete] A shield resembling the Roman scutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term.
  5. [sports] The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark.
  6. [surveying] The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.
  7. [rail transport] A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.
  8. [cricket] the number of runs that the side batting last needs to score in the final innings in order to win
  9. [linguistics] The tenor of a metaphor.
  10. [translation studies] The translated version of a document, or the language into which translation occurs.
  11. A person (or group of people) that a person or organization is trying to employ or to have as a customer, audience etc.

Specialised definition of the noun target

Glossary of sports

the end of a competition course marked by lines, posts, etc. In several sport disciplines the sequence of competitors reaching the finish is supervised by finish judges and recorded with finish time cameras (electronic time measurement). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

object or location aimed for in throwing and shooting. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

something to aim for □ to set targets to fix amounts or sales which employees have to reach (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb target

What does target mean as a doing word?

Target is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: targeted | targeting | targets

  1. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

Alternative definition of the verb target


  1. [transitive] To aim something, especially a weapon, at (a target).
  2. [transitive, figuratively] To aim for as an audience or demographic.
  3. [transitive, computing] To produce code suitable for.

Specialised definition of the verb target

Glossary of sports

to meet a target to produce the sales which are expected (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Phrases with Target

Phrases starting with the word Target:

  1. target area
  2. target cell
  3. Target Goby
  4. Target Text
  5. Target Group
  6. target organ
  7. target range
  8. Target Domain
  9. Target market
  10. Target Shrimp

Phrases ending with the word Target:

  1. On Target
  2. to target
  3. Off-Target
  4. easy target
  5. Soft target
  6. radar target
  7. water-target
  8. dead on target
  9. Digital Target
  10. Running Target

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Target

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Google previewExcel 2013 VBA and Macros (2013)

by Bill Jelen, Tracy Syrstad

Sh is the active worksheet; Target is the hyperlink. AppEvent_SheetSelectionChange(ByVal Sh As Object, ByVal Target As Range) AppEvent_SheetSelectionChange occurs when the user selects a new range on any sheet. Sh is the active ...

Google previewBrain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) (2014)

How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina

The first target is the baby's limbic system, an area profoundly involved in emotional regulation and memory.

Google previewKilling by Remote Control (2013)

The Ethics of an Unmanned Military by Bradley Jay Strawser

are conducted by an autonomous system without a human in the loop, a human will be responsible for determining whether a target is a legitimate target. There is no moral difference between a Reaper pilot and a Strike Eagle pilot in this ...

Google previewMalignant Melanoma 1 (2012)

by Giulio Costanzi

spurious lichenoid reaction: a cell-rich, lichenoid reaction whose target is a cell other than a ...

Google previewThe Military Dictionary (1987)

“mum “"5"” JCS Pub 1-02 target list—( DOD) The listing of targets mainboundaries between maneuver elements, obtained and promulgated by the senior echelon of command; it contains those targets ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optical Engineering: Abe-Las, pages 1-1024 (2003)

by Ronald G. Driggers

INTRODUCTION Automatic target detection (ATD) is a rapidly growing field, increasing in importance as the number, variety, ...

Google previewThe South African Dictionary of Sport (2003)

by Joel Alswang

See also Shcx>ting Clay target shooting is the art of shooting at special flying targets (circular clay discs) with a shotgun and is a safe and fun sport for men and women of all ages. It is a sport that can ...

Google previewSpons' dictionary of engineering, ed. by O. Byrne (and Spon). 8 div (1869)

by Oliver Byrne, Ernest Spon

Target consisted of seven f-in. wrought-iron plates, all breaking joint, faced with a 1 □ 5 in. wrought-iron plate, the whole fastened together by lj-in. rivets and screws, 8 in. apart. The target measured 12 ft. x 9 ft. x 6 in., and was fixed to an ...

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Small photo of Circular target marked with numbers and red dart. An idea of targets i.e business, price, audience, market, group, practice, analysis, risk, range, rate, state, tracking, area, value, cost, site, etc.Small photo of Target, shooting targetSmall photo of This is a target board.Small photo of Red dart arrow hit the center target of dartboard metaphor marketing competition concept, on wood backgroundSmall photo of MINNEAPOLIS, MN/USA - JANUARY 14, 2017: Target Corporation corporate headquarters and logo. Target is the second-largest discount store retailer in the United States.Small photo of Marketing targeting, goal and trigger concepts. Businessman click on virtual target, bokeh in background.Small photo of Arrow and target More...

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Quotes about Target

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. (Arthur Schopenhauer)
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Scrabble value of T1A1R1G2E1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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