Origin of goal
historical usage of goal
OTHER WORDS FROM goalgoal·less, adjectivesub·goal, noun
Words nearby goal
What is a basic definition of goal?
A goal is an objective or target that someone is trying to reach or achieve. Goal is also the end point of a race or something that a player is trying to put an object into as part of a game. Goal has other senses as a noun.
A goal is an aim or objective that you work toward with effort and determination.
Real-life examples: People have many different kinds of goals. These include career goals, relationship goals, life goals, and educational goals. You might have a specific goal of learning how to play the guitar or saving up enough money to travel to another country.
Used in a sentence: She completed her goal of renting her first apartment using her own money.
Goal is also the final destination in a race.
Real-life example: A three-mile race has competitors travel three miles before reaching the goal, or end of the race.
Used in a sentence: The runner nearly passed out after finally reaching the goal.
In this same sense, goal is also the line, stick, or anything else that marks this point in a race.
Used in a sentence: The lead horse crossed the goal milliseconds before the runner-up.
In sports, goal refers to a basket, net, cage, object, or area that a player is trying to move something to or put something into in order to score points. A player whose role is to prevent opposing players from doing this is called a goalkeeper, goaltender, or a goalie.
Real-life examples: Soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, and lacrosse all have a goal that is a structure with a net that stops the ball or puck. A player scores points for their team if the ball or puck enters the area of the field that the goal occupies.
Used in a sentence: Maddie kicked the soccer ball into the goal to win the game.
Goal is also the act of scoring points by successfully getting an object into a goal.
Used in a sentence: Sally scored two goals during the hockey game.
Where does goal come from?
The first records of goal come from around 1325. It comes from the Middle English gol, meaning a “boundary” or “limit.” Any earlier origin of the word goal is unknown.
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What are some other forms related to goal?
- goalless (adjective)
- subgoal (noun)
What are some synonyms for goal?
What are some words that share a root or word element with goal?
What are some words that often get used in discussing goal?
How is goal used in real life?
Goal is a common word used both for sports and tasks people are hoping to accomplish.
Will meet our goal of 175 GW of renewable energy well before target of 2022; now we are seeking to achieve 450 GW by 2030: PM Modi at G20
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 22, 2020
Yes I am resorting to whatever means necessary to get to the goal of €5k.
You can't judge me, it's for charity.
— James Keating (@landsleaving) December 18, 2020
44’ Goal!!! Pendleton scores!!! Bazan crosses the ball into the mix and Pendleton 14 yards out cleanly volleys it into the goal.#SKCvORD | 2-2
— Sporting KC Academy (@SKCAcademy) December 8, 2019
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of goal?
How to use goal in a sentence
The goal is not just about being the Greatest Of All Time, Kan adds.With Goat Capital, Justin Kan and Robin Chan want to keep founding alongside the right teams|Eric Eldon|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
“My goal as a board member is to try to make sure we, as a school system, learn from this mistake and get better as a result,” she wrote in an email.When a Calculus Class Abruptly Became Ceramics at Lincoln High|Scott Lewis|September 16, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Fed chair Jerome Powell first said last month that the Fed would seek inflation above 2% over time, rather than just keeping it as a static goal.Fed leaves short-term interest rates unchanged at nearly zero|Lee Clifford|September 16, 2020|Fortune
DeChiaro joined Golf nearly a year-and-a-half ago and came in with the goal of making Golf less dependent on ad revenue.‘One endless loop’: How Golf is using its new retail marketplace as a first-party data play|Kayleigh Barber|September 16, 2020|Digiday
Key to that goal is hammering home his ban on travel from China and his administration’s work to provide ventilators.Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic|Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
So however detailed the statistics of the battlefield are, they cannot achieve the goal.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So, as far as Mexican officials like Peña Nieto are concerned, the goal is to keep their countrymen here — and keep them happy.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The goal is to create a literary anatomy of the last century—or, to be precise, from 1900 to 2014.
His goal: to make the perfect (and absolutely comfortable) high-heel, with the help from Nike CEO Mark Parker.
The NYPD remained his ultimate goal as he went to work as a carrier for Airborne Express/DHL and then as a school safety officer.
I know I strive after the unattainable, but still every year I get nearer and nearer to the goal.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Here again the first thing necessary is a clear vision of the goal towards which we are to strive.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
With a definite goal in mind at last, the children set out again with a better spirit.
With the next fellow as a goal, he gradually crept alongside, and passed him with a spurt.
He is a man who takes life seriously, and whom nothing will divert from the road that leads to the goal.Friend Mac Donald|Max O'Rell
British Dictionary definitions for goal
- a successful attempt at scoring
- the score so made