goal

noun
\ˈgōl, chiefly Northern US especially in senses 3b and 2a also ˈgül\

Definition of goal 

1 : the end toward which effort is directed : aim The goal is high-speed rail travel.

2a : 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

3a : the terminal point of a race

b : an area to be reached safely in children's games

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Other Words from goal

goal intransitive verb
goalless \ˈgō(l)-​ləs \ adjective

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intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal mean what one intends to accomplish or attain. intention implies little more than what one has in mind to do or bring about. announced his intention to marry intent suggests clearer formulation or greater deliberateness. the clear intent of the statute purpose suggests a more settled determination. being successful was her purpose in life design implies a more carefully calculated plan. the order of events came by accident, not design aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or accomplishing. her aim was to raise film to an art form end stresses the intended effect of action often in distinction or contrast to the action or means as such. willing to use any means to achieve his end object may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need. his constant object was the achievement of pleasure objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable. their objective is to seize the oil fields goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship. worked years to reach her goals

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.
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Your goal is to get good at gathering facts, perceiving patterns, and telling stories. David Roberts, Vox, "My advice for aspiring explainer journalists," 9 Dec. 2018 But my goal was to use it to get someone to hire me. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Axios’ Jonathan Swan explains what the press gets wrong about the Trump administration," 6 Dec. 2018 The overwhelming feeling is excitement, because their goal of winning is within reach. Marie Claire, "With One Week Until Election Day, the Boxers Share Advice and Insight," 30 Oct. 2018 Its goal is to launch a squadron of the tiny probes in about 20 years to the Alpha Centauri star system, 4.3 light-years away. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "The Tiny Satellites That Might Fly to Another Solar System," 18 Oct. 2018 Their goal is to create a fuel that runs better than standard diesel while contributing much less pollution and CO2 into the atmosphere. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Working to Turn Algae into Diesel Fuel," 12 Oct. 2018 The Potential Downsides of Fasting With all of that said, intermittent fasting plans can also backfire tremendously — especially if your goal is to lose weight. Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Intermittent Fasting, According to a Nutritionist," 11 Oct. 2018 My goal was to layer different styles and textures, so that midcentury chairs live harmoniously with Tudor roof trusses and contemporary lighting. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Bill Shakespeare Would Be Proud To Live In This House," 5 Oct. 2018 Astronomers have generally voiced their support for Webb's science goals, but that telescope has developed a reputation for being over budget and behind schedule. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "To Find Alien Life, NASA Needs Bigger, Bolder Exoplanet-Hunting Telescopes," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of goal

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for goal

Middle English gol boundary, limit

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goal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of goal

: 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

noun
\ˈgōl \

Kids Definition of goal

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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