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Topic: SPORT

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: gol 'limit, boundary' (1300-1400)

goal

noun
     
goal S2 W1 [countable]
1 something that you hope to achieve in the future [= aim]:
His ultimate goal was to set up his own business.
achieve/reach a goal
They achieved their goal of increasing sales by five percent.
set (yourself/somebody) a goal (=decide what you or someone else should try to achieve)
long-term goal/short-term goal (=that you hope to achieve after a long or short time)
2DS the area between two posts where the ball must go in order to score in games such as football or hockey
be in goal/keep goal British English (=be the goalkeeper)
3DS the action of making the ball go into a goal, or the score gained by doing this:
I scored the first goal.
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