Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "target" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.


Meaning: target, goal, aim, mark

Pronunciation: [tsehl']

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #572 (see frequency list)

Shoot at the target!
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 Example sentences:
  • Cтреля́й в цель!
  • Shoot at the target!
  • Какáя у тебя́ цель?
  • What is your goal?
  • Удар попáл в цель.
  • The strike hit the target.
  • Я могу́ знать, с какóй цéлью ты всë э́то дéлаешь?
  • May I know the purpose why you are doing all that?
  •  literal  May I know with what purpose are you doing all that?
  • Мы ужé у цéли: виднá верши́на.
  • We're already getting to the final point, you can see the peak.
  •  literal  We're already at [the] target, the peak [is] seen.
  • У меня́ я́сные цéли, котóрых я всегдá добивáюсь.
  • I always have clear goals that I always achieve.
  • Ceмëн задáлся цéлью вы́учить все европéйские языки́.
  • Semion is aiming to learn all the European languages.
  • Онá сдéлала э́то в свои́х ли́чных цéлях.
  • She did it to suit her own ends.
  •  literal  She did it in her own aims.
  • Я люблю́ броди́ть по у́лицам без цéли.
  • I like wandering along the streets without any purpose.
  • В цéлях обеспечéния безопácности движéния бу́дет ужесточëн контрóль на дорóгах.
  • In order to guarantee the road safety the road control will be toughened.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • попáсть в цель = hit the mark
  • ми́мо цели = wide of the mark
  • я́сная цель = clear objective
  • имéть цéлью = have for an object
  • преслéдовать цель = pursue one's object
  • стáвить себé цéлью = set oneself as an object
  • служи́ть цéли = serve the purpose
  • дости́чь цели = achieve one's object
  • отвечáть цéли = answer the purpose
  • задавáться цéлью = aim to
  • в свои́х ли́чных цéлях = to suit one's own ends
  • с цéлью = with the purpose
  • с еди́нственной цéлью = for the single purpose
  • в цéлях = in order to
      literal  in goals
 Related words:
  • целевóй = targeted
  • целеустремлëнный = purposeful
  • целенапрáвленный = purposeful, commited
  • задáча = aim, purpose, task
  • бесцéльный = purposeless
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Цель опрáвдывает срéдства.
  • The ends justify the means.
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Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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