goal meaning

[ gəul ] Pronunciation:   "goal" in a sentence
Noun: goal  gówl
  1. The state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behaviour intended to achieve it
    - end 
  2. The place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
    - finish, destination 
  3. Game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points 
  4. A successful attempt at scoring
    "the winning goal came with less than a minute left to play"

Derived forms: goals

Type of: cognitive content, content, end, game equipment, mental object, score, terminal

Part of: plan of action

Encyclopedia: Goal

AmE / noun [C]

something that you hope to achieve:

The company has set itself some long-term organizational goals.

Our goal is to increase market share this year.

Team members are committed to achieving common goals.

A goal should be thought of as an agreement between a manager and an employee.

Goals and deadlines often motivate employees.


❖ to define/establish/set a goal

◆ to achieve/meet/pursue/reach a goal

◆ your long-term/short-term/ultimate goal

◆ an achievable/a measurable/realistic goal

◆ a clear/main/primary/specific goal

business/career/financial/profit/strategic goals

An individual's or institution's financial objective.

The end-result or objective,which may be specified or required in advance.

<programming> In logic programming, a predicate applied to its arguments which the system attempts to prove by matching it against the clauses of the program. A goal may fail or it may succeed in one or more ways.


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  1. we 'll never give up until the goal is reached ..
  2. did you see them make the winning goal?
  3. the footballer took a strike at the goal.
  4. john played goal for the hockey team.
  5. that is the goal we must set ourselves.

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