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  1. goal
    IPA[ɡōl]
  2. noun

    • 1. (in football, soccer, rugby, hockey, and some other games) a pair of posts linked by a crossbar and often with a net attached behind it, forming a space into or over which the ball has to be sent in order to score.

    • 2. an instance of sending the ball into or over the goal, especially as a unit of scoring in a game:

      the decisive opening goal we won by three goals to two
    • 3. a cage or basket used as a goal in other sports.

    • 4. the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result:

      going to law school has become the most important goal in his life
    • 5. the destination of a journey:

      the aircraft bumped toward our goal some 400 miles to the west
    • 6. a point marking the end of a race.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: goal, plural noun: goals

  4. Phrase

    • noun

      (in soccer, rugby, hockey, and some other games) a pair of posts linked by a crossbar and typically with a net between, forming a space into or over which the ball has to be sent in order to score.

      an instance of sending the ball into or over the goal, especially as a unit of scoring in a game:

    • noun

      a goal scored by a placekick, scoring three points.

      a basket scored while the clock is running and the ball is in play.

    • noun

      (in rugby, hockey, etc.) a goal scored from a penalty:
    • noun

      a goal scored in open play by drop-kicking the ball over the crossbar, scoring three points (rugby union) or one point (rugby league).
    • noun

      used in reference to a person or thing seen as a model to aspire to or emulate, especially with one’s friends (often as a hashtag in social media):
    • noun

      (in soccer) a goal scored inadvertently when the ball is struck into the goal by a player on the defensive team.
    • noun

      a line across a football or hockey field at or near its end, on which the goal is placed or which acts as the boundary beyond which a try or touchdown is scored.
    • noun

      (especially in business contexts) a deliberately challenging or ambitious aim or objective:
    • in the position of goalkeeper
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