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TARGET

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does target mean? 

TARGET (noun)
  The noun TARGET has 5 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: TARGET used as a noun is common.


TARGET (verb)
  The verb TARGET has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: TARGET used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TARGET (noun)


Sense 1target [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A reference point to shoot at

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

target; mark

Context example:

his arrow hit the mark

Hypernyms ("target" is a kind of...):

point of reference; reference; reference point (an indicator that orients you generally)

Meronyms (parts of "target"):

bull; bull's eye (the center of a target)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "target"):

drogue (a funnel-shaped device towed as a target by an airplane)

clout (a target used in archery)


Sense 2target [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

fair game; prey; quarry; target

Context examples:

he fell prey to muggers / everyone was fair game / the target of a manhunt

Hypernyms ("target" is a kind of...):

victim (an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance)


Sense 3target [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The location of the target that is to be hit

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

target area; target

Hypernyms ("target" is a kind of...):

place; spot; topographic point (a point located with respect to surface features of some region)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "target"):

ground zero (the target of a projectile (as a bomb or missile))


Sense 4target [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

target; butt

Hypernyms ("target" is a kind of...):

sports equipment (equipment needed to participate in a particular sport)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "target"):

clay pigeon (target used in skeet or trapshooting)


Sense 5target [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

objective; aim; object; target

Context example:

the sole object of her trip was to see her children

Hypernyms ("target" is a kind of...):

end; goal (the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "target"):

grail (the object of any prolonged endeavor)

business (an immediate objective)

point (the object of an activity)

thing (a special objective)


TARGET (verb)


Sense 1target [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

target; direct; aim; place; point

Context examples:

He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face / criticism directed at her superior / direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself

Hypernyms (to "target" is one way to...):

aim; direct; take; take aim; train (aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "target"):

address (direct a question at someone)

home in; range in; zero in (direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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