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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: target /ˈtɑrɡət/ 
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present tense
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.


a Korean dish made from fermented cabbage or other vegetables, garlic and spices

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a compulsive desire for something; an addiction to something

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