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 group of countries, all bordered by the Baltic, Adriatic and Black seas, aims to expand and modernize energy and trade with the goal of reducing the region’s dependence on Russian energy.
Her long term goal is to convince her sister’s doctors that CBD oil will help.
It’s called Mapping Paintings, and its goal is to track paintings’ provenances in a single location.
The mayor will likely tout his administration's accomplishments over the past year and set goals for the year ahead as the city approaches its 300th anniversary celebration.
Its goal has been to have a hand in the payments infrastructure from start to finish, giving it greater power in the marketplace while potentially streamlining the experience for banks, sellers and shoppers.
Musk set a goal of producing 500,000 vehicles a year in 2018, or more than 40,000 per month.
A $200,000 gift to Union Station Kansas City from the Harry Wilson Loose Trust brings the station close to its fundraising goal to complete an expansion project that has included a new ramp to the parking garage and an outdoor event space.
The city’s goal is to provide residents and visitors with an easy way to learn about Florence and its activities.
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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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