\ 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 It’s the first book by Talty, who said his goal in writing was to get at how the Alabama coach built what appears to be an unrelenting college football dynasty in Tuscaloosa. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 9 Aug. 2022 Their goal this summer has been clear – to dominate. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2022 Our goal with this campaign and the introduction of Activia+ was to give Activia a more modernized aesthetic while introducing a new product that helps address the demand from this younger, health- and wellness-conscious consumer. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 My goal is to create custom collaborative dining experiences. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 8 Aug. 2022 That’s where air purifiers come in: their goal is to remove allergens and pollutants from our home environment. Rennie Dyball, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 The British Museum on its website said its goal is to establish a museum in Benin City for the permanent display of artifacts from the Kingdom of Benin as well as historic and contemporary work from across West Africa. Ginger Adams Otis, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 His goal is to make a more honest world, having been traumatized by his mother's lies. Alex Raiman, EW.com, 5 Aug. 2022 Their goal with posting these covers to TikTok is to get eyes on the band and most importantly, on their original music. Jessica Shalvoy, Variety, 5 Aug. 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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“Goal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goal. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for goal


\ 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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