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verb [transitive] target pronunciation in British English /ˈtɑː(r)ɡɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletargeting
past tensetargeted
past participletargeted
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  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 travellers 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
    We are targeting assistance towards people on low incomes.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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