Definition of goal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

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goal

noun
ɡəʊl
 
; ɡoʊl
 
 
1 (in sports) a frame with a net into which players must kick or hit the ball in order to score a pointHe headed the ball into an open goal (= one that had nobody defending it).Who is in goal(= is the goalkeeper ) for Arsenal?2 the act of kicking or hitting the ball into the goal; a point that is scored for thisThe winning goal was scored by Hill.Liverpool won by three goals to one.United conceded two goals in the first half.a penalty goal see also drop goal, golden goal, own goal3 something that you hope to achieve
Synonym
aim
to work towards a goalto achieve/attain a goalYou need to set yourself some long-term goals.Our ultimate goal must be the preservation of the environment.Their goal was to eradicate malaria.
Usage noteUsage note: targetobjective goal object endThese are all words for something that you are trying to achieve.target a result that you try to achieve:Set yourself targets that you can reasonably hope to achieve. attainment targets in schoolsobjective (rather formal) something that you are trying to achieve:What is the main objective of this project?goal something that you hope to achieve:He continued to pursue his goal of becoming an actor.target, objective or goal?A target is usually officially recorded in some way, for example by an employer or by a government committee. It is often specific, and in the form of figures, such as number of sales or exam passes, or a date. People often set their own objectives: these are things that they wish to achieve, often as part of a project or a talk they are giving. Goals are often long-term, and relate to people's life and career plans or the long-term plans of a company or organization.object the purpose of something; something that you plan to achieve:The object is to educate people about road safety.end something that you plan to achieve:He joined the society for political ends. That's only OK if you believe that the end justifies the means (= bad methods of doing something are acceptable if the final result is good). End is usually used in the plural or in particular fixed expressions.to work towards a(n) target/objective/goalan ambitious/major/long-term/short-term/future target/objective/goaleconomic/financial/business targets/objectives/goalsto set/agree on/identify/reach/meet/exceed a(n) target/objective/goalto achieve a(n) target/objective/goal/end