target

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noun
1 sb/sth that you try to destroy, hurt, steal, etc.
ADJECTIVE
favourite/favorite, frequent, important, likely, natural, obvious, perfect, possible, potential, prime, suitable

The President is a favourite/favorite target of comedians.

attractive, tempting

Trains are attractive targets for terrorists.

specific
real

The real target of his satire is religion.

easy, sitting, soft, tempting, vulnerable

The stationary trucks were sitting targets for the enemy planes.

legitimate
intended
fixed, stationary
moving
ground
enemy, military, strategic
civilian, non-military
high-value
terrorist
takeover

The company could become a takeover target.

VERB + TARGET
choose, identify, pick
aim at, attack, engage, go for, shoot at
find, locate
hit, reach, strike

The bomb reached its intended target ten seconds later.

miss, overshoot

The flare overshot its target and set fire to a hotel.

destroy

The missile is intended to destroy military targets.

track

The radar beam can track a number of targets simultaneously.

present

The damaged ship presented a tempting target.

make

The casino made an easy target for thieves.

TARGET + NOUN
site

It should be possible to deliver the drug direct to the target site.

The missile never reached its target site.

PREPOSITION
off target

The missile veered way off target and landed in the sea.

on target

Politically speaking, his jibes were right on target.

target for

an easy target for thieves

2 object that you shoot at
VERB + TARGET
put up, set up

The archers were setting up their targets.

aim at, shoot at
hit
miss
use sth as

The boys used an old tree stump as a target.

TARGET + NOUN
area, range
practice
PREPOSITION
off target

Patton was just off target with his shot.

on target

His first shot was bang on target.

wide of the target

The shot went wide of the target.

3 result, person, etc. that you aim to reach
ADJECTIVE
achievable, attainable (esp. BrE), low, modest, realistic
ambitious, challenging (esp. BrE), demanding (esp. BrE), difficult, high, tough, unrealistic

She has always set herself very high targets.

impossible
new
clear, specific
chief, key, main, major, primary, prime, principal
annual
immediate, initial
future, long-term, ultimate
economic, financial, growth, inflation, performance, price, production, profit, recruitment, sales, spending

Hospital performance targets will not be met.

VERB + TARGET
set

Managers must set targets that are realistic.

aim for

Students should be given a target to aim for.

achieve, meet, reach
stay on/within

in a desperate attempt to stay within budget targets

exceed

The company pays bonuses to workers who exceed production targets.

fall short of
TARGET + NOUN
audience, demographic (esp. AmE), group, market, population

The film's target demographic is women aged 18–49 years.

date

to meet a target date of May 2002

figure (esp. BrE), level, price, range, weight
PREPOSITION
above (a/the) target

Sales so far this year are 20% above target.

off target

These figures are way off target.

on target

We are still right on target.

within target

We are well within our target for trains arriving on time.

over (a/the) target

Many pay agreements reached were over the original target of 4%.

towards/toward (a/the) target

We are working towards/toward a target of twenty cars a week.

target for

The CEO has set new targets for growth.

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verb
ADVERB
deliberately, intentionally, particularly, specifically

Children are deliberately targeted.

actively (esp. BrE), directly

Police are actively targeting known offenders.

an exercise that directly targets the back muscles

carefully, precisely

a carefully targeted marketing campaign

unfairly

The authority was accused of unfairly targeting minority groups.

primarily
PREPOSITION
at

The products are targeted at young people.

for

This hospital is targeted for additional funding.

on

Tax cuts should be targeted on the poor.

towards/toward

We target our services towards/toward specific groups of people.

Target is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑bomb, ↑campaign, ↑missile, ↑programme, ↑vandal
Target is used with these nouns as the object: ↑civilian, ↑consumer, ↑convoy, ↑effort, ↑immigrant, ↑market, ↑minority, ↑precinct, ↑victim, ↑youth

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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