Definition of goal
1a : the terminal point of a raceb : an area to be reached safely in children's games
2 : the end toward which effort is directed : aim The goal is high-speed rail travel.
3a : 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 pointsb : the act or action of causing a ball or puck to go through or into such a goalc : the score resulting from such an act
goallessplay \ˈgō(l)-ləs\ adjective
Examples of goal in a Sentence
He set a goal for himself of exercising at least three times a week.
Her primary goal is to get a college degree.
We all share a common goal.
She pursued her goal of starting her own business.
The company has instituted several new policies with the goal of reducing waste.
Last month he had 10 goals and six assists.
She scored the winning goal in the game's final minute.
Recent Examples of goal from the Web
The dissidents not only embrace the current strategic goals of the trust, but propose to increase the execution pace of the objectives and accelerate acquisition activity.
Making someone perfect is not our goal — but making someone better is our primary purpose for teaching and coaching.
For years, the financial advisery business has been able to get away with suggesting investment products like mutual funds that fit an investor’s financial goals, but may be more costly to the investor.
The goal is to make tasty, cheap and accessible foods that are better for you than their popular counterparts, Tetrick said, while also addressing global issues like climate change and factory farming.
The 27-year-old Pjanic is also one of the best free kick specialists in the world, and has both scored and set up goals for others from dead-ball situations.
Justin Schultz added the other goal in his return from an upper-body injury, and Matt Murray stopped 28 shots on his 23rd birthday.
Certification in Russia is now expected in 2018, with a goal of the European Aviation Safety Agency granting certificate a year after that.
This 'cult' had one goal — through monuments and through other means — to rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity.
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Origin and Etymology of goal
Middle English gol boundary, limit
First Known Use: 1531
Synonym Discussion of goal
GOAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of goal for English Language Learners
: 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
GOAL Defined for Kids
Definition of goal for Students
1 : purpose What is your goal in life?
2 : an area or object into which a ball or puck must be driven in various games in order to score
3 : a scoring of one or more points by driving a ball or puck into a goal
4 : the point at which a race or journey is to end
5 : an area to be reached safely in certain games
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