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1a person, object, or place selected as the aim of an attack. a mark or point at which someone fires or aims, especially a round or rectangular board marked with concentric circles used in archery or shooting. an objective or result toward which efforts are directed:the car met its sales target in record time Phonetics an idealization of the articulation of a speech sound, with reference to which actual utterances can be described. a person or thing against whom criticism or abuse is or may be directed.
2 historical a small, round shield or buckler.
verb (targets, targeting, targeted) [with object] (usually be targeted)
select as an object of attention or attack:two men were targeted by the attackers aim or direct (something):a significant nuclear capability targeted on the US