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
ALBANY, N.Y. — The Karner blue butterfly has exceeded recovery goals in the rare New York habitat where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov in the 1940s, officials announced Thursday.
Mystified’ The Gulf nations leading the isolation of Qatar have further to go to achieve their goals.
My goal is to help people help themselves and get people back to work.
Last month, the mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach set ambitious goals for the ports to transition to zero-emission truck and yard equipment over the next 20 years.
These services analyze each customer’s current financial status, risk aversion and goals.
Her goal: Modernize while retaining the homey atmosphere that Bookstore in the Grove patrons loved.
Nearly $21,000 of a $100,000 goal had been raised as of Thursday afternoon.
These goals, and Reynolds’ attempts to experiment and achieve them, dragged him into prolonged battles with state and federal authorities, the architecture industry, and even some of the people who’ve built or bought earthship homes.
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Origin and Etymology of goal
Middle English gol boundary, limit
First Known Use: 1531See Words from the same year
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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