Adjective "targeting" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A person, object, or place selected as the aim of an attack.
  1. 'a military target'
  2. 'My own definition is simple: an act of political violence committed against purely civilian targets is terrorism; attacks on military targets are not.'
  3. 'Just two hours ago, allied air forces began an attack on military targets in Iraq and Kuwait.'
  4. 'The Pentagon has made a great deal of its claims to be attacking only military targets.'
  5. 'But others, many still at large, were involved in plotting bomb attacks against Jewish targets in Western Europe.'
  6. 'As a huge fire raged in the south of the city, the US military said last night up to 1,000 targets would be attacked during the course of the night.'
  7. 'Following their philosophy of using air power to attack military targets, the German bombers struck ports, airfields, and British fighter production.'
  8. 'Recently there has been a rise in the number of attacks on US military targets and the first pitched battle between reconstituted former Taliban and American forces.'
  9. 'He repeated a government and the men's family's belief that the two were not planning to attack targets in South Africa, as reported.'
  10. 'Spokesmen who have defended the bombing have said that the civilian casualties are a regrettable but unavoidable side-effect of the attacks on military targets.'
  11. 'Military targets were not attacked because of the fear of too much collateral damage; a euphemism for civilian casualties.'
  12. 'Once the initial round of shooting is completed the top six come together to fire at a further 25 targets, and the aggregate highest scorer is the winner.'
  13. 'After 12 years in the business, the company added a second division: 3-D archery targets.'
  14. 'The 50-lane archery complex has movable targets allowing for training at distances up to 90 meters.'
  15. 'Once an archer downed a target, he nocked an arrow while relocating to another firing site.'
  16. 'It's surrounded by parkland, fields, woods, horses, a cricket pitch and the paraphernalia of sports including archery targets near the track.'
  17. 'The sun began to slide down toward the west end of the sky as they were setting up targets for their archery contest.'
  18. 'They were standing next to a ring in which servants were setting up the targets for the archery contest.'
  19. 'Someone had actually found a bow and a few arrows, and a homemade target and shooting range had actually been set up.'
  20. 'I had visions of hearing the thrum of the tense bowstring as I unleashed an arrow at an archery target.'
  21. 'The coloured posts mark the shooting position for each target and should be marked with the number of arrows to be shot from each post.'
  22. 'High levels of emergency admissions, soaring drug budgets, desperate efforts to meet Government targets and the costs of major pay deals have all contributed to the problems.'
  23. 'The Environmental Protection Agency said Ireland was also far behind in its efforts to meet the targets set by the Kyoto Treaty.'
  24. 'But when a company is not solidly established in any of the numerous markets, lay-offs are the inevitable result of not meeting targets.'
  25. 'Some 80 per cent of car producers in China admitted they will not meet their sales targets for this year, mainland media reported last week.'
  26. 'And within five years I would expect to see the results meeting national targets.'
  27. 'Failure to meet these targets could result in big fines.'
  28. 'Over the years he invested thousands of pounds in his collection, which also embraced every other aspect of Avon, from catalogues to the special dinner services given to agents for meeting sales targets.'
  29. 'The software enables record labels to track usage for target marketing and sales efforts.'
  30. 'We have got to sweep away the system that has failed and devise a totally new one - designed and directed towards achieving Olympic targets.'
  31. 'Ongoing funding is dependent on objectives and targets being met.'
  32. 'they were the target for a wave of abuse from the press'
  33. 'Unlike some of the targets of media criticism, the media targets of blog criticism have ample means to publicly defend themselves.'
  34. 'A pensioner has been forced out of his home in Portlaoise after becoming the target for verbal abuse and threats from a neighbour.'
  35. 'In any society, critical analysis is important and every person is a fair target for constructive criticism.'
  36. 'The sorting office had been the target of much criticism in recent months, following the implementation of a single-service delivery system.'
  37. 'You're legit targets for questions, criticism and condemnation.'
  38. 'Ministers have allowed themselves to become the targets of criticism from both sides of the debate.'
  39. 'And then, when a third party defends the targets against the unfair criticisms, the critics seem upset.'
  40. 'Catholics are twice as likely as Protestants to be the targets of sectarian abuse and a third of all victims are police officers, according to the first ever detailed study of crimes linked to religious hatred in Scotland.'
  41. 'If the attacks on those who have come before are any guide, this will go on for some time and then subside as they find new targets on whom to vent their bile.'
  42. 'The hours are anti-social, and drivers are often the targets of abuse - from frustrated passengers in the day and from drunks and vandals at night.'
  43. 'The basic sound, or phoneme, is selected as a target for treatment.'
A small round shield or buckler.
  1. 'Like the target, arm-straps link its maneuverability directly to the movement of the arm, so it is less versatile than a center-grip shield.'


Select as an object of attention or attack.
  1. 'He was not in the Alexandra Palace venue at the time of the attack, which had been clearly planned to target him.'
  2. 'To target distributors directly, simply look for their names on product labels.'
  3. 'She adds that the project intends to target audiences that don't traditionally read books.'
  4. 'York City supporters are to target the FA in a double-pronged attack to highlight the plight of the club.'
  5. 'All enemy vehicles can be destroyed with any weapon provided you target a key weak point and attack it enough times.'
  6. 'Copyright enforces are pleased at the forthcoming introduction of law that allows them to target running pirate sites directly.'
  7. 'An online store can offer a much bigger selection because it can target a much bigger audience.'
  8. 'In addition, many of these attacks seemed to target more than property.'
  9. 'I just hope they catch him before he targets anyone else.'
  10. 'This comes at a time when private firms are targeting Scotland, offering instant access to a doctor.'
  11. 'warheads were targeted on a European city'
  12. 'A better way to make money may be to target advertising at those users.'
  13. 'She believed that a return to the year 2000 budget level, with the money being targeted at those who had lost out in the changeover from a headage to an area based payment scheme, would go a long way to redressing the anomalies which had occurred.'
  14. 'Work related to drug deaths in Scotland has been targeted at users who inject.'
  15. 'In direct to consumer advertising, drug companies target advertisements for prescription drugs directly at the public.'

More definitions

1. an object, usually marked with concentric circles, to be aimed at in shooting practice or contests.

2. any object used for this purpose.

3. anything fired at.

4. a goal to be reached.

5. an object of abuse, scorn, derision, etc.; butt.

6. Fencing. the portion of a fencer's body where a touch can be scored.

7. a disk-shaped signal, as at a railroad switch, indicating the position of a switch.

8. Surveying. the sliding sight on a leveling rod. any marker on which sights are taken.

More examples(as adjective)

"areas can be targeting."

"companies can be targeting."

"businesses can be targeting."

"people can be targeting."

"markets can be targeting."

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(target)Late Middle English (in target (sense 2 of the noun)): diminutive of targe. The verb dates from the early 17th century.


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