noun \ˈgōl, chiefly Northern especially in 1b & 3a also ˈgül\

: something that you are trying to do or achieve

: an area or object into which a ball or puck must be hit, kicked, etc., to score points in various games (such as soccer and hockey)

: the act of hitting, kicking, etc., a ball or puck into a goal or the score that results from doing this

Full Definition of GOAL

a :  the terminal point of a race
b :  an area to be reached safely in children's games
:  the end toward which effort is directed :  aim
a :  an area or object toward which players in various games attempt to advance a ball or puck and usually through or into which it must go to score points
b :  the act or action of causing a ball or puck to go through or into such a goal
c :  the score resulting from such an act
goal intransitive verb
goal·less \ˈgō(l)-ləs\ adjective

Examples of GOAL

  1. He set a goal for himself of exercising at least three times a week.
  2. Her primary goal is to get a college degree.
  3. We all share a common goal.
  4. She pursued her goal of starting her own business.
  5. The company has instituted several new policies with the goal of reducing waste.
  6. Last month he had 10 goals and six assists.
  7. She scored the winning goal in the game's final minute.

Origin of GOAL

Middle English gol boundary, limit
First Known Use: 1531

Related to GOAL

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms

crease, lateral, lax, overthrow, playbook, post, screen, scrum, secondary, ultimate


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