goal

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

Essential Meaning of goal

1 : something that you are trying to do or achieve He set a goal for himself of exercising at least three times a week. Her primary/long-term goal is to get a college degree. See More ExamplesWe all share/have 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. achieve/accomplish/reach/realize a goalHide
2 : 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)
3 : the act of hitting, kicking, etc., a ball or puck into a goal or the score that results from doing this Last month he had 10 goals and six assists. She scored the winning goal in the game's final minute. The team was ahead by a goal [=was ahead by one] when the third period started.

Full 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The second-period goal set the stage for a comeback from two goals down to the expansion Kraken. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 27 Nov. 2021 In the final seconds of the first half, the main goal of the Beechwood defense was just to keep Mayfield from breaking open a big play. James Weber, The Enquirer, 27 Nov. 2021 The leases will take years to develop, meaning oil companies could keep producing crude long past 2030, when Biden has set a goal to lower greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50%, compared with 2005 levels. Matthew Daly, USA TODAY, 27 Nov. 2021 Forest Service Chief Randy Moore has publicly declared a goal of quadrupling the amount of land treated by prescribed fire. Arkansas Online, 26 Nov. 2021 UMass got a taste of tournament play during last winter’s run, winning two games in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, but that’s not the goal. Greg Levinsky, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Nov. 2021 Dickens talked to her for a few minutes about his affordable housing plan and goal of improving food access before continuing to move through the market. J.d. Capelouto, ajc, 26 Nov. 2021 The Francisco Park Conservancy formed as a nonprofit, and after setting a goal of $25 million, managed to raise an extra $2.5 million to provide a cushion for park maintenance. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Nov. 2021 The leases will take years to develop, meaning oil companies could keep producing crude long past 2030, when Biden has set a goal to lower greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50%, compared with 2005 levels. Matthew Daly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Nov. 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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29 Nov 2021

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“Goal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goal. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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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