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Synonyms of 'target'

(noun) 
Definition
an object at which an archer or marksman aims, usually a round flat surface marked with circles
We threw knives at targets.
Synonyms
mark
The second shot missed its mark completely.
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bull's-eye
(noun) 
Definition
a fixed goal or objective
school leavers who fail to reach their targets
Synonyms
goal
The goal is to raise as much money as possible.
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aim
a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
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objective
His objective was to play golf and win.
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end
another policy designed to achieve the same end
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object
The object of the exercise is to raise money for charity.
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intention
She announced her intention of standing for parliament.
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ambition
My ambition is to sail round the world.
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Holy Grail (informal)
(noun) 
Definition
a person or thing at which criticism or ridicule is directed
In the past they have been the targets of some immature verbal abuse.
Synonyms
victim
the victim of a particularly cruel hoax
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butt
He is still the butt of cruel jokes about his humble origins.
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prey
government policies that prey on the disadvantaged
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quarry
As a journalist he stuck to his quarry like a lamprey.
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scapegoat
Her supporters see her as a scapegoat for a policy that failed.
(verb) 
The terrorists targeted military bases.
Synonyms
,
aim at
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pick out
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single out
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fire at
(verb) 
The company has targeted adults as its primary customers.
Synonyms
choose
I chose him to accompany me on my trip.
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select
They selected only bright pupils.
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single out
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fix on

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Additional synonyms

in the sense of aim
Definition
intention or purpose
a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
in the sense of ambition
Definition
something so desired
My ambition is to sail round the world.
Synonyms
in the sense of butt
Definition
a person or thing that is the target of ridicule or teasing
He is still the butt of cruel jokes about his humble origins.

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