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verb [transitive] target pronunciation in American English /ˈtɑrɡət/
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present tense
I/you/we/theytarget
he/she/ittargets
present participletargeting
past tensetargeted
past participletargeted
  1. 1
    to intend or to try to attack someone or something
    The terrorists were targeting government buildings.
    1. a.
      to aim a bomb or weapon at someone or something
      Nuclear missiles will no longer be targeted on these cities.
  2. 2
    to try to persuade or to influence a particular group of people
    The billboards had been targeting travelers at airports.
    television advertising that is targeted at children
  3. 3
    to criticize or to work against a particular person or group that you oppose
    The company had been targeted by environmentalists.
    Police are specifically targeting criminal gangs.
  4. 4
    to direct money or help to a particular group of people
    The money is targeted for families below the poverty line.
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