goal

noun
\ ˈgōl How to pronounce goal (audio) , 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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The goal is just to have people skating and moving for fun. Ryan Bergeron, CNN, 11 June 2021 The goal of the BRT is to improve the busiest portion of the gold line and create a quicker and easier route through the city's most congested areas. Margaret Cahill, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2021 If the goal is to improve TV ratings and make things more interesting, is there an audience for Iowa State-Florida or Indiana-Texas A&M? Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 The goal isn't to load up on as many antioxidants as possible, though. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 10 June 2021 Presumably, the goal of the new minimum tax is to limit the benefits to companies of shifting profits to low-tax jurisdictions, not to distort where those firms invest. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 10 June 2021 For some, the goal is simply to extend an earlier investment, as in the case of HPE Growth, as Preeti reports. WSJ, 10 June 2021 From a rushing standpoint, Jackson said the goal is to average a more practical 4.5 yards per carry; the Lions have not done that since 1997, when Barry Sanders topped 2,000 yards, the Lions averaged 5.4 yards as a team and Jackson was a newborn. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2021 The goal is to help establish a nationwide solution for school violence risk assessment, which will benefit healthcare institutions, schools and students, Cincinnati Children's officials said. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 10 June 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Goal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goal. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for goal

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 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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