Goal meaning

gōl
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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.

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The act of placing the object into the goal.
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The line or place at which a race, trip, etc. is ended.
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The object toward which an endeavor is directed; an end.
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An object or end that one strives to attain; aim.
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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.
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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.

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A point scored in a game as a result of placing the object into the goal.
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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.
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In many sports, an area into which the players attempt to put an object.
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Origin of goal

  • Middle English gol boundary possibly from Old English gāl barrier

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary