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goal

noun [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.

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?
(Definition of goal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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