Definition of goal in English:


Syllabification: goal
Pronunciation: /gōl


  • 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.
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    • Mr Foxley said there were still some problems with organising the event including installing a set of rugby or American Football posts instead of the football goals.
    • The most evident of these is the newly designed entrance, whose metal frame resembles a football goal.
    • Shots are made at soccer-style goals rather than a basket and there are seven players in each team.
  • 1.1An 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
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    • But the good thing for the strikers is that we are so sound defensively we don't have to score five goals to win a game.
    • For the record, the Brazilian Ronaldo scored two goals in that World Cup final win two years ago.
    • They did score the opening goal of the game after ten minutes of play in the first half.
  • 1.2A cage or basket used as a goal in other sports.
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    • Usually, basketball is played on a rectangular court with a basketball goal at either end.
    • First question, how many goals are on a basketball court, one, two, three or four?
    • The sections of netting are connected to the vertically mounted poles or to the basketball goal.
  • 2The 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
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    • You move ahead in a single-pointed manner to achieve professional goals and ambitions.
    • A slow and steady approach allows you to fulfill ambitions and achieve professional goals.
    • It inevitably acts as a barrier to achieving ambitious economic goals.
  • 2.1The destination of a journey: the aircraft bumped toward our goal some 400 miles to the west
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    • Sensing that the end of the cave was within our grasp we pushed on towards our goal of the East Canal.
  • 2.2 literary A point marking the end of a race.
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    • The competitors are allotted a start time and it is a race to the goal.


in goal

In the position of goalkeeper.
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  • He's the best goalkeeper and has played in goal for a long time and not let us down.
  • Barthez is unchallenged in goal - no one will break into the goalkeeping slot.
  • Carrick is still sitting so deep that he might as well go in goal.



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  • After a goalless first half, Vicky Blair scored York's first after the break, Sue Draper getting the second.
  • After a goalless draw at Gigg Lane, City won the second leg 1-0 thanks to a Gray Swann goal.
  • The clash is a repeat of the league meeting played at the seaside venue just over a week ago, when Nelson were well on top but they were held to a goalless draw.


Middle English (in the sense 'limit, boundary'): of unknown origin.

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