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English definition of “goal”

goal

noun [C] (GAME)   /ɡoʊl/
(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.
(Definition of goal noun (GAME) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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