goal

noun
\ ˈgōl How to pronounce goal (audio) , chiefly Northern US especially in senses 3b and 2a also ˈgül \
plural goals

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

Other Words from goal

goal intransitive verb
goalless \ ˈgō(l)-​ləs How to pronounce goal (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for goal

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Until recently, members of the BJP hadn't outwardly acknowledged their goal of making India a Hindu nation. Akanksha Singh And Roshan Abbas, CNN, 19 May 2022 Both Man United and Chelsea entered the final day on 84 points, with United leading on goal difference. Steve Douglas, ajc, 19 May 2022 According to Western governments and private analysts, Moscow failed to achieve its initial goal of a lightning strike into Kyiv to take down the government. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Kyiv’s troops, bolstered by Western weapons, thwarted Russia’s initial goal of storming the capital and have tied down Moscow’s forces in the Donbas, the eastern industrial region that President Vladimir Putin now has his sights on capturing. Oleksandr Stashevskyi And Ciaran Mcquillan, Chicago Tribune, 19 May 2022 Kyiv’s troops, bolstered by Western weapons, thwarted Russia’s initial goal of storming the capital and have tied down Moscow’s forces in the Donbas, the eastern industrial region that President Vladimir Putin now has his sights on capturing. Oleksandr Stashevskyi And Ciaran Mcquillan, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2022 Suter has a goal and four assists, and the Swiss are 4-0, leading Group A with 12 points. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 2022 Junior defender Brianna Lamoureux contained Gators freshman attacker Emma LoPinto, who entered the game with 62 goals and 34 assists, to one goal on four shots and zero assists. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 19 May 2022 South Windsor’s Hailey Deptula found herself with the ball and after a short zig-zag near the goal, decided to take a shot - one that found the net and won the game. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 19 May 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

21 May 2022

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“Goal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goal. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for goal

goal

noun
\ ˈgōl How to pronounce goal (audio) \

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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