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English definition of “goal”

goal

noun [C] (SPORT)    /ɡəʊl/ US  /ɡoʊl/
A2 an area on a playing field, that usually has two posts with a net fixed behind them, where players try to send the ball in order to score in sports such as football and hockey: Black kicked/headed the ball into/towards the goal.General terms used in ball sports A2 a point scored in some sports, such as football and hockey, when a player gets the ball into this area: Brazil won by three goals to one. Only one goal was scored in the entire match.General terms used in ball sports be/play in goal UK to be the player who tries to prevent the other team from scoring goals: Who is playing in goal for Milan this evening?General terms used in ball sports an open goal a goal area that has been left without any defenders: Young rolled the ball across the six-yard box for Rooney to tap the ball into the open goal.
(Definition of goal noun (SPORT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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