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Meaning of goal by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ɡəʊl/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ɡoʊl/, X-SAMPA: /goUl/
    • Rhymes: -əʊl


    goal ( plural: goals )

    1. 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 .
    2. In many sports, an area into which the players attempt to put an object .
    3. The act of placing the object into the goal .
    4. A point scored in a game as a result of placing the object into the goal.
    5. 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 .



    • gaol, Olga

Explanation of goal by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a successful attempt at scoring

    2. the winning goal came with less than a minute left to play
    3. game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points

    4. the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that ( when achieved ) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

    5. the place designated as the end ( as of a race or journey )