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Definition of target verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they target
    he / she / it targets
    past simple targeted
    -ing form targeting
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  1. 1target somebody/something to aim an attack or a criticism at someone or 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 drug trials.
  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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: target