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goal

noun [C]  /ɡoʊl/ us  

goal noun [C] (GAME)

(in many sports) a point scored when a player sends a ball or other object into a particular area of play or into a netted structure that is defended by the opposing team: Lanzo missed scoring a goal by inches. In some sports, a goal is also the area or netted structure into which a player sends a ball or other object in order to score a point.

goal noun [C] (AIM)

an aim or purpose: My goal is to lose ten pounds before the summer.
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