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"goal" in British English

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goalnoun [C]

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

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.
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.
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 ball across 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 fully independent 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 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.
(Definition of goal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"goal" in Business English

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goalnoun [C]

uk   /ɡəʊl/ us  
a purpose, or something that you want to achieve: set (sb) a goal The sales team have set themselves a series of goals to achieve by the end of the month.reach/achieve a goal Are the changes helping the organization achieve 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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