Synonyms of 'target'
an object at which an archer or marksman aims, usually a round flat surface marked with circlesWe threw knives at targets.
a fixed goal or objectiveschool leavers who fail to reach their targets
The goal is to raise as much money as possible.
a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
His objective was to play golf and win.
another policy designed to achieve the same end
The object of the exercise is to raise money for charity.
She announced her intention of standing for parliament.
My ambition is to sail round the world.
Holy Grail (informal)
a person or thing at which criticism or ridicule is directedIn the past they have been the targets of some immature verbal abuse.
the victim of a particularly cruel hoax
He is still the butt of cruel jokes about his humble origins.
government policies that prey on the disadvantaged
As a journalist he stuck to his quarry like a lamprey.
Her supporters see her as a scapegoat for a policy that failed.
The terrorists targeted military bases.
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in the sense of aim
intention or purposea research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
in the sense of ambition
something so desiredMy ambition is to sail round the world.
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