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Meaning of “goal” in the English Dictionary

"goal" in British English

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goalnoun [C]

uk   /ɡəʊl/  us   /ɡoʊl/
  • goal noun [C] (SPORT)

A2 an ​area on a ​playingfield, that usually has two ​posts with a ​netfixed behind them, where ​playerstry to ​send the ​ball in ​order to ​score in ​sports such as ​football and hockey: Blackkicked/​headed the ​ball into/towards the goal.A2 a ​pointscored in some ​sports, such as ​football and hockey, when a ​player gets the ​ball into this ​area: Brazilwon by three goals to one. Only one goal was scored in the ​entirematch.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?an open goal a goal ​area that has been ​left without any defenders: Young ​rolled the ​ballacross the six-yard ​box for Rooney to ​tap the ​ball into the ​open goal.

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  • goal noun [C] (AIM)

B1 an ​aim or ​purpose: Our goal is for the ​country to be ​fullyindependent within two ​years. They have set themselves a ​series of goals to ​achieve by the end of the ​month. Do you ​think I'll be ​able to achieve my goal of losing five ​kilos before the ​summer?

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(Definition of goal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"goal" in American English

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goalnoun [C]

 us   /ɡoʊl/
  • goal noun [C] (GAME)

(in many ​sports) a ​pointscored when a ​playersends a ​ball or other ​object into a ​particulararea of ​play or into a ​nettedstructure that is ​defended by the ​opposingteam: Lanzo ​missedscoring a goal by ​inches. In some ​sports, a goal is also the ​area or ​nettedstructure into which a ​playersends 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.
(Definition of goal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"goal" in Business English

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goalnoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡəʊl/
a ​purpose, or something that you want to ​achieve: set (sb) a goal The ​salesteam have set themselves a ​series of goals to ​achieve by the end of the month.reach/achieve a goal Are the ​changes helping the ​organizationachieve its goals or hindering ​progress? the main/​primary/​ultimate goal an achievable goal
(Definition of goal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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