goal

The goal is the intention of an activity or a plan. In a figurative sense, a goal is the mission of a person or group. A tangible goal could be the net at one end of a soccer field. Your goal is to kick the ball into the net, and then you will have scored a goal.

Goal used to mean "the end point of a race." When you score a goal during a sporting event, the play does momentarily stop. If your goal is to win the presidency and you are in fact elected, you have achieved that goal. A goal is the reason for your efforts. People set goals in all aspects of their lives, not just in scoring points. "Her goal is to eat 40 cupcakes in one day." Go figure.

Definitions of goal
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n the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

Synonyms:
end
Types:
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aim, object, objective, target
the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
bourn, bourne
an archaic term for a goal or destination
end-all
the ultimate goal
destination, terminus
the ultimate goal for which something is done
no-goal
a nonexistent goal
aim, design, intent, intention, purpose
an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
intention
(usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal
grail
the object of any prolonged endeavor
idea, mind
your intention; what you intend to do
cross-purpose
a contrary aim
final cause
(philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process
sake
the purpose of achieving or obtaining
view
purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'
will
a fixed and persistent intent or purpose
business
an immediate objective
point
the object of an activity
thing
a special objective
Type of:
cognitive content, content, mental object
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

n game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points

Types:
basket, basketball hoop, hoop
horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball
net
a goal lined with netting (as in soccer or hockey)
cage
the net that is the goal in ice hockey
Type of:
game equipment
equipment or apparatus used in playing a game

n the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)

Synonyms:
destination, finish
Types:
finish line, finishing line
a line indicating the location of the finish of a race
tape
the finishing line for a foot race
wire
the finishing line on a racetrack
Type of:
end, terminal
either extremity of something that has length

n a successful attempt at scoring

“the winning goal came with less than a minute left to play”
Types:
own goal
(soccer) a goal that results when a player inadvertently knocks the ball into the goal he is defending
Type of:
score
the act of scoring in a game or sport

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