Definition of target verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    target

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtɑːɡɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrɡɪt//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they target
    BrE BrE//ˈtɑːɡɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrɡɪt//
     
    he / she / it targets
    BrE BrE//ˈtɑːɡɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrɡɪts//
     
    past simple targeted
    BrE BrE//ˈtɑːɡɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrɡɪtɪd//
     
    past participle targeted
    BrE BrE//ˈtɑːɡɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrɡɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form targeting
    BrE BrE//ˈtɑːɡɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrɡɪtɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1target somebody/something to aim an attack or a criticism at somebody/something The missiles were mainly targeted at the United States. The company has been targeted by animal rights groups for its use of dogs in drugs trials. See related entries: Conflict
  2. 2target somebody to try to have an effect on a particular group of people The campaign is clearly targeted at the young. a new magazine that targets single men
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (originally referring to a small round shield): diminutive of targe Old English, of Germanic origin. The noun came to denote various round objects. The verb dates from the early 17th cent.Extra examples Children are deliberately targeted. Police are actively targeting known offenders. Tax cuts should be targeted on the poor. The authority was accused of unfairly targeting minority groups. The products are targeted at young people. This hospital is targeted for additional funding. We target our services towards specific groups of people. a carefully targeted marketing campaign an exercise that directly targets the back muscles The booklet is targeted at people approaching retirement. The campaign is clearly targeted on the young. The new magazine targets young, single men. We sought to target help on those who most needed it.
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