- The definition of a goal is something you aspire to do or wish to do or a goal can refer to scoring a point in certain sporting events.
- An example of goal is making a decision that you want to get out of debt.
- An example of goal is when you get the puck into the opposing team's net in hockey.
A hockey player guards the goal.
- the line or place at which a race, trip, etc. is ended
- an object or end that one strives to attain; aim
- in certain games,
- the line, crossbar, or net over or into which the ball or puck must be passed to score
- the act of so scoring
- the score made
Origin of goalMiddle English gol, boundary ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps or akin uncertain or unknown; perhaps to Old English gælan, to hinder, impede
- The object toward which an endeavor is directed; an end. See Synonyms at intention.
- Sports a. A structure or area into which players endeavor to propel a ball or puck in order to score points.b. A play or shot that sends a ball or puck into or through the goal.c. The score awarded for such an act.d. The finish line of a race.
- Linguistics a. A noun or noun phrase referring to the place to which something moves.b. See patient.
Origin of goalMiddle English gol, boundary, possibly from Old English *gāl, barrier.
- A result that one is attempting to achieve.
- My lifelong goal is to get into a Hollywood movie.
- She failed in her goal to become captain of the team.
- In many sports, an area into which the players attempt to put an object.
- The act of placing the object into the goal.
- A point scored in a game as a result of placing the object into the goal.
- A noun or noun phrase that receives the action of a verb. The subject of a passive verb or the direct object of an active verb. Also called a patient, target, or undergoer.
From Middle English gol (“boundary, limit”), from Old English *gāl (“obstacle, barrier, marker”). Related to Old English gǣlan (“to hinder, delay, impede, keep in suspense, linger, hesitate, dupe”), Old English hyġegǣlsa (“hesitating, slow, sluggish”). Cognate with Albanian ngel (“to remain, linger, hesitate, get stuck”).