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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a realistic goal/target
▪ Set realistic goals for yourself.
drop goal
fall short of a goal/target/ideal
▪ The economy fell short of the Treasury’s target of 2% growth.
field goal
fulfil an aim/a goal/an objective
▪ an analysis of how different countries are attempting to fulfill their political goals
goal line
golden goal
lead by ten points/two goals etc
▪ Nadal was leading by two sets.
lose (sth) by 1 goal/10 votes/20 points etc
▪ The government lost by one vote.
▪ The Communist candidate lost by a whisker a very small amount.
own goal
▪ The minister’s admission turned out to be a spectacular own goal.
pursue a goal/aim/objective
▪ She was known to be ruthless in pursuing her goals.
score a goal/point/run etc
▪ He has scored 12 goals so far this season.
two goals down/three points down etc
▪ Swindon were six points down at one stage.
two goals up/three points up etc
▪ United were a goal up at half time.
ultimate goal/aim/objective etc
▪ Complete disarmament was the ultimate goal of the conference.
▪ Our ultimate objective is to have as many female members of parliament as there are male.
unattainable ideal/dream/goal etc
▪ Fix clear goals with expectations of success.
▪ Effective working groups benefit from clear purposes and goals.
▪ Sir Michael spoke enthusiastically of the University Plan and its clear goals for the end of the decade.
▪ The President was not an experienced diplomat, and right to the end he had no clear goals for the postwar world.
▪ By establishing clear measurable goals, Compacts take business-education partnerships a step further.
▪ You need to have a clear goal so that you know where you are heading.
▪ For this form of structure to work, clear goals and a unified vision will be crucial.
▪ Typically, public agencies are not entirely clear about their goals, or are in fact aiming at the wrong goals.
▪ Our main goal is to bring a little sunshine in to the lives of all disabled people.
▪ The Local began swapping it, bartering it: their main goal was apricots, prunes, anything with firepower.
▪ That would be one of my main goals.
▪ The main goal is to be flexible for the applications of tomorrow.
▪ In a commercial or industrial setting it is often assumed that organisations try to maximise profits as their main goal.
▪ Her main goal, through all her pursuits, is to create positive images of people with disabilities.
▪ Have you decided what your next main goal will be?
▪ His main activity is make-believe, and as we shall see, his main goal is survival.
▪ They were determined to turn the workers' essentially economic goals into political goals.
▪ He used technology to mediate between conflicting political goals.
▪ In what is invariably an increasingly highly charged party political arena the goal of co-ordinated local action is often difficult to sustain.
▪ If political goals and values are not determined by social and economic relationships, where do they come from?
▪ The West has failed to be clear about its political goals.
▪ They also seek to become owners of policy initiatives rather than to act as transmitters for central political goals.
▪ Control over the effectiveness of government activities involves the fulfilment of political goals by effective administration.
▪ That would have been an achievable and certainly popular political goal.
▪ Timetables for implementation should be established, setting out specific goals and actions that allow responsibility to be allocated and achievement monitored.
▪ You can not learn team performance without being part of a team that holds itself mutually accountable for achieving specific performance goals.
▪ Project Management Project management is concerned with achieving a specific goal in a given time using resources available for that period only.
▪ To a degree that collective life indeed is creative social experience, specific goals may not be predetermined.
▪ Make specific the goals you need to attain in order to earn each reward.
▪ Setting specific financial goals before you begin your new business is a way to avoid this unfortunate situation.
▪ Each is given a specific recovery goal in terms of scientific knowledge, management and cash.
▪ The specific goal is not always consciously known by an individual.
▪ Thus, while each has the same ultimate goal, each chooses a different methodology to achieve it.
▪ In his inaugural address, Carter said his ultimate goal was the elimination of nuclear weapons from the earth.
▪ And is a Broadway transfer the ultimate theatrical goal?
▪ The sixth stage, national information infrastructure, or the I-way, is the ultimate goal.
▪ The ultimate goal of any Web site is to make it into the Favourites or Bookmarks folders of its visitors.
▪ Are we playing well enough to get to the ultimate goal?
▪ The ultimate goal is a freer, more democratic and more participatory society as a whole.
▪ But I hope that this election will be a major step toward that ultimate goal.
▪ He was responsible for 12 of Ireland's 17 points, comprised of two penalties and two drop goals.
▪ A Hughie Nicholson try and a conversion, penalty and drop goal from Bland earned City the points.
▪ He followed his try with one drop goal from 25m, and another from 40m.
▪ Gary Parker, who was playing at scrum-half, kicked two conversions while David Leighton landed a drop goal.
▪ The try is to be worth five points while the drop goal will count for two points.
▪ His superb line-kicking and two brilliant last-minute drop goals brought wild scenes to Stradey Park.
▪ And a late drop goal from Kiwi stand-off Henry Paul completed a dramatic turn-around.
▪ Chip Lohmiller's 45-yard field goal had put the Redskins 15-14 ahead with just three minutes left.
▪ But the taping of the ankle allows him to kick field goals and extra points.
▪ The first three times they got inside the Saints' 20-yard line, Jeff Wilkins kicked field goals.
▪ Gary Anderson kicked a 46-yard field goal to put the 49ers up, 20-7, one minute before halftime.
▪ Sure, Florida State had another late field goal sail wide right.
▪ In the fourth quarter, a field goal cut the Cowboys lead to 10.
▪ In the first half, they went six minutes without a field goal.
▪ We had some opportunities and had to kick a couple field goals.
▪ He's not let a league goal in yet.
▪ Clearly Quinn, just one League goal this season, is hoping Sheron's arrival will change his luck, too.
▪ The fact that he scored 20 of his team's 48 league goals last season underlines that fact.
▪ At a guess he must have scored about 65 league goals in about 115 games + around 10 more in other matches.
▪ McCoist scored 34 Premier League goals last season.
▪ However, the goal line may be unclear and the rules of the game are constantly being revised.
▪ Joseph reacted in time to squeeze the puck in his pads before falling back toward the goal line.
▪ I gather there was a defender on the goal line so Strachan couldn't have been offside at all.
▪ Novacek is the man Aikman counts on in short-yardage situations and close to the goal line.
▪ McNown self-propelled, 11 yards, hurtling over the goal line as if he were playing rugby.
▪ It showed the puck crossing the goal line at 19: 59. 9.
▪ The swing from defence on our own goal line, the attack from deep?
▪ Then they reconsidered and placed the ball inches from the goal line where, on fourth down, Young sneaked in.
▪ Liley's first-half penalty goal was indifferent reward for hard work, though he added two more goals.
▪ But Wasps pegged away and when Ashurst was careless with his feet, Pilgrim kicked the penalty goal.
▪ They dominated the first half adding further tries through winger Gavin Thompson and Pears, who also landed two penalty goals.
▪ Rodney Pow responded with two penalty goals for Selkirk.
▪ Jarrett contributed five conversions, two penalty goals and a try.
▪ After 40 minutes Adrian Davies established a three-score advantage with a short penalty goal when Oxford killed the ball.
▪ Conversion: Liley. Penalty goals: Liley 3.
▪ Charlie Judge shot them in front and a penalty goal from Tom Patton made it 2-0.
▪ Mr Sharpe has the right idea that prohibition fails to accomplish its goals.
▪ We will look at the means of accomplishing this goal in the final chapter of this book, Chapter 9.
▪ Over-permissive parents attempt always to use reason instead of overt authority to accomplish their goals.
▪ Transfer stations like the one the county owns in Carlsbad will be key to accomplishing that goal, they said.
▪ To accomplish that goal, the company intends to focus on global investments in exploration, pipeline and power projects.
▪ Since then, they have struggled to find other ways to accomplish the same goal.
▪ Few of his previous 11 were given much chance of accomplishing the goal.
▪ Now, that public endorsement is tempered by deep skepticism that the government and the army can accomplish their goals.
▪ Adaptation to a changing environment may be necessary as before to achieve traditional goals.
▪ If both core beliefs and the actions they inspire are healthy, the organization will ultimately succeed in achieving its long-term goals.
▪ Every aspect of this course has been designed to achieve two critical goals: 1.
▪ Fine, he was persuaded, and he was doing everything possible to achieve the goals.
▪ What is more important -that they achieve their goals or you yours?
▪ You can not learn team performance without being part of a team that holds itself mutually accountable for achieving specific performance goals.
▪ The difficult bit is knowing how to achieve those goals.
▪ This time the fear of conceding an early goal will outweigh any desire for an instant lift.
▪ United, leading 3-0 at the time, conceded two goals at the final whistle.
▪ Terry Nicholson's side had conceded eight goals in two previous defeats by the Co Antrim Shield holders.
▪ An angry Jones was involved in an ugly confrontation with the Middlesbrough bench after Wimbledon conceded a controversial first goal on Saturday.
▪ Hitchcock has yet to concede a goal since stepping in for Dave Beasant.
▪ But in five Trophy ties they have conceded only one goal.
▪ Liverpool can not afford to concede a goal tonight-and James has yet to keep a clean sheet.
▪ He has conceded less than a goal a game in his 249 Football League appearances.
▪ But few states are meeting that goal.
▪ Create a list of clear tactics describing exactly how you plan to meet these goals.
▪ Crooked veins bulge in his hulking neck as his tongue strains to meet its goal.
▪ The Navy realized several years ago that several high-tech fields were not meeting recruitment and retention goals, he added.
▪ What happens if I fail to meet my goals?
▪ The executives' pay is based on corporate performance, meeting business goals and stock price, a spokesman said.
▪ At Level Three students will identify personal development goals and devise and arrange enterprise activity to enable them to meet these goals.
▪ Did the program meet these goals?
▪ Well, skirmishes over language are a certainly a distraction, they prevent you from pursuing other national goals.
▪ To the extent environmental controls undermine our economic base, they threaten our ability to pursue the environmental goals we all share.
▪ Of course, only the personnel of organisations can pursue goals.
▪ Undistracted by the lusts and passions of organic life, he had pursued that goal with absolute single-mindedness of purpose.
▪ When Sabin developed his attenuated strains of polio he energetically pursued his goal of making them widely accepted as vaccine strains.
▪ That some blacks are willing to make some significant personal sacrifices to pursue certain mutually shared goals.
▪ As the months passed, however, the latter withdrew to pursue their goals separately.
▪ If single motherhood magnifies the problems of contemporary motherhood, it can also underscore the rewards of mothering while pursuing independent goals.
▪ The Date Achieved is filled in only after you have reached your goal.
▪ She sat there, sipping tea until she had reached her goal of 100.
▪ They reached their goal with five overs to spare.
▪ These are the practical, day-by-day steps that we take to reach our goals.
▪ A lot of them failed to reach that desirable goal.
▪ How many people who walk in the door reach their goal weight and keep it off?
▪ Heart pounding, Isabel waited until his mouth had almost reached its goal, then jerked her head to the side.
▪ If they can set and reach their goals so can you!
▪ New York continued its efficient shooting in the middle period, scoring two goals on four shots to take a 3-0 lead.
▪ He scored a useful goal for us on his first full appearance to help us to victory at Grimsby the following month.
▪ They have scored one goal seven times, losing every one of those times.
▪ Molby swung in the free-kick and Saunders met it perfectly with his head on the near post to score a spectacular goal.
▪ The object of this was to make it easier to score goals, especially if teams hired goalkeepers who were narrower.
▪ The Heguy cousins were absolutely brilliant, and both played a wonderful game, scoring most of the goals between them!
▪ But Francis has replied by setting himself a new goal - carrying on past 40.
▪ Will agencies set easily achievable goals or only goals that make them look good?
▪ They are responsible for the long range planning activities of the firm and they will set the overall goals.
▪ Like Earhart, Finch wants to show children that big things can happen when they set high goals and work hard.
▪ The economist, on the other hand, likes to set definite goals.
▪ It would improve the quality of life for residents, families and staff in residential care, to set clear goals.
▪ This is better than setting a goal to lose the entire twenty pounds, which you may not be able to do.
▪ Chelsea squandered enough chances to have won by six goals.
▪ Their chances of getting close enough for a winning field goal with more than seven minutes remaining seemed very high.
▪ It was Beckham's marker, however, who scored the winning goal.
▪ In the sixth period the coach finally put him in, and he scored the winning goal.
▪ The winning goal was controversial, and replays showed that Madrid striker Raul punched the ball into the Leeds goal.
▪ This was no soccer match won by three goals nor a race won by three seconds.
▪ Town won by two goals to one.
▪ The Edinburgh side can go top on goal difference ahead of Dunfermline if they win by at least two goals.
concede a goal/point/penalty
▪ Barthez escaped with a yellow card despite clearly kicking Ian Harte to concede a penalty.
▪ But as Saracens consistently conceded penalties, Humphreys accepted the points on offer.
▪ Chiddingfold should have taken the lead after five minutes when Rob Madgwick conceded a penalty for a trip.
▪ Hitchcock has yet to concede a goal since stepping in for Dave Beasant.
▪ Liverpool can not afford to concede a goal tonight-and James has yet to keep a clean sheet.
keep goal/wicket
▪ Cracked willow pattern contains the lobster, scraping its claws like some one crouched to keep wicket at Lord's.
meet a goal/target etc
▪ Employees who work off-site are evaluated on their ability to work independently yet communicate with their team to meet goals.
▪ Headquarters motivates managers to meet targets in time-honoured style: carrot and stick.
▪ Its only hope of meeting targets was to purchase the right to pollute from less prosperous nations.
▪ The good news was that chief executive Crispin Davis insisted the company was on track to meet targets for 2002.
reach a target/goal
set (sb) a goal
▪ Both set sports goals for their daughters before their daughters knew what goals were.
▪ But Mrs Harris said I must set a goal for myself.
▪ If so you will find it helpful to set some goals to give short-range guidance.
▪ In setting performance goals, pay attention to the context.
▪ The economist, on the other hand, likes to set definite goals.
▪ They are responsible for the long range planning activities of the firm and they will set the overall goals.
▪ This is better than setting a goal to lose the entire twenty pounds, which you may not be able to do.
▪ Timetables for implementation should be established, setting out specific goals and actions that allow responsibility to be allocated and achievement monitored.
short-range plan/goal/forecast etc
three goals/£200 etc to the good
Goal! Right in the last minute, England have scored.
▪ By 1975, they had achieved their goal of providing free education for every child.
▪ England's only goal came midway through the second half.
▪ Florin Raducioiu scored four goals, putting Romania in the lead.
▪ Her goal is to find a company willing to donate money for research.
▪ I took a job as a teacher with the long-term goal of becoming a principal of a school.
▪ Our goal is to become the biggest-selling brand of coffee in the country.
▪ School children have definite goals towards which they can work.
▪ Spurs got two goals in the last five minutes of the game.
▪ The goal of the partnership is to improve his company's profit margin.
▪ The Red Cross has reached its goal of raising $1.6 million for relief.
▪ Venturini has scored the first goal in each of the two US victories in the Olympics.
▪ We won, but only because of an 88th minute own goal from the other side.
▪ Benedettini clawed the ball out with his right hand, but a linesman raised his flag to indicate a goal.
▪ In other words, her values and goals were very different.
▪ Nice compatible goals between the two of them.
▪ So the Task Force sped on toward its goal, every ship now tense and ready for battle.
▪ The first goal of the study was to define what power strategies were actually used by these managers.
▪ We need to concentrate on what our goals and objectives are now, while we have the energy.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Goal \Goal\, n. [F. gaule pole, Prov. F. waule, of German origin; cf. Fries. walu staff, stick, rod, Goth. walus, Icel. v["o]lr a round stick; prob. akin to E. wale.]

  1. The mark set to bound a race, and to or around which the constestants run, or from which they start to return to it again; the place at which a race or a journey is to end.

    Part curb their fiery steeds, or shun the goal With rapid wheels.

  2. The final purpose or aim; the end to which a design tends, or which a person aims to reach or attain.

    Each individual seeks a several goal.

  3. A base, station, or bound used in various games as the point or object which a team must reach in order to score points; in certain games, the point which the ball or puck must pass in order for points to be scored. In football, it is a line between two posts across which the ball must pass in order to score points; in soccer or ice hockey, it is a net at each end of the soccer field into which the soccer ball or hocjey puck must be propelled; in basketball, it is the basket[7] suspended from the backboard, through which the basketball must pass.

  4. (Sport) The act or instance of propelling the ball or puck into or through the goal[3], thus scoring points; as, to score a goal.

    Goal keeper, (Sport) the player charged with the defense of the goal, such as in soccer or ice hockey.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1530s, "end point of a race," of uncertain origin. The noun gol appears once before this, in a poem from early 14c. and with an apparent sense of "boundary, limit." Perhaps from Old English *gal "obstacle, barrier," a word implied by gælan "to hinder" and also found in compounds (singal, widgal); and compare Old Norse geil "a narrow glen, a passage." Or from Old French gaule "a pole," from Germanic; or a figurative use of Middle English gale "a way, course" (mid-14c.) Sports sense of "place where the ball is put to score" is attested from 1540s. Figurative sense of "object of an effort" is from 1540s.


n. A result that one is attempting to achieve.

  1. n. the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it; "the ends justify the means" [syn: end]

  2. a successful attempt at scoring; "the winning goal came with less than a minute left to play"

  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. the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey); "a crowd assembled at the finish"; "he was nearly exhuasted as their destination came into view" [syn: finish, destination]

Goal (disambiguation)

A goal is an objective that a person or a system plans or intends to achieve.

Goal (sport)

In sports, a goal is a physical structure or area where an attacking team must send the ball or puck in order to score points. In several sports, a goal is the sole method of scoring, and thus the final score is expressed in the total number of goals scored by each team. In other sports, a goal may be one of several scoring methods, and thus may be worth a different set number of points than the others.

The structure of a goal varies from sport to sport. Most often, it is a rectangular structure that is placed at each end of the playing field. Each structure usually consists of two vertical posts, called goal posts, supporting a horizontal crossbar. A goal line marked on the playing surface between the goal posts demarcates the goal area. Thus, the objective is to send the ball or puck between the goal posts, under or over the crossbar (depending on the sport), and across the goal line. Less commonly, as in basketball or netball, goals are ring-shaped. The structure is often accompanied with an auxiliary net, which stops or slows down the ball when a goal is scored.

Goal (ice hockey)

In ice hockey, a goal is scored when the puck completely crosses the goal line between the two goal posts and below the goal crossbar. A goal awards one point to the team attacking the goal scored upon, regardless of which team the player who actually deflected the puck into the goal belongs to (see also own goal). Typically, a player on the team attempting to score shoots the puck with his/her stick towards the goal net opening, and a player on the opposing team called a goaltender tries to block the shot to prevent a goal from being scored against his/her team.

The term goal may also refer to the structure in which goals are scored. The ice hockey goal is rectangular in shape; the front frame of the goal is made of steel tube painted red (or an other color depending on the league) and consists of two vertical goalposts and a horizontal crossbar. A net is attached to the back of the frame to catch pucks that enter the goal and also to prevent pucks from entering it from behind. The entire goal is considered an inbounds area of the playing surface, and it is legal to play the puck behind the goal. Under NHL rules, the opening of the goal is wide by tall, and the footprint of the goal is deep.

Goal (2007 Malayalam film)

Goal is a 2007 Malayalam film directed by Kamal. The film stars newcomers Rejith Menon and a Mumbai based Model Aksha Pardasany and Mukta George in the lead roles. The cast also includes, Mukesh and Rahman.


A goal is a desired result that a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve: a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.

It is roughly similar to purpose or aim, the anticipated result which guides reaction, or an end, which is an object, either a physical object or an abstract object, that has intrinsic value.

Goal (1936 film)

Goal'' (Spanish:¡Goal!'') is a 1936 Argentine sports film directed by Luis Moglia Barth.

The film's sets were designed by Raúl Soldi.

Goal (2007 Hindi film)

Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal is a 2007 Bollywood sport film. It was released on 29 November 2007, produced by Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Vivek Agnihotri for UTV Motion Pictures. The film stars John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani. The film's soundtrack is composed by Pritam with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal is a contemporary fictional story of the South Asian community in the UK, told through the prism of professional football. The film received positive reviews though the film was only moderately successful at the box-office and was declared "Average" by Box Office India. The film was premiered in the Tous Les Cinemas du Monde (World Cinema) section of 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Usage examples of "goal".

If an activity has achieved its goal, it should either be terminated or given new goals.

One is at the minimum necessity level for achieving a goal, a second covers the optimum solution, and a third might be a money-is-no-object solution which tried to address the so-called requirement factors too.

OpSys people plus communicate the performance results of measurements of OpSys efforts toward achieving those top level goals.

I think we can show that if this idea is adopted, it will open the door toward eventually making many of those reductions and achieving most of our goals.

Western nations, thereby achieving a foreign policy goal that had become a national obsession.

Such treatment by the authorities soon led some socialist leaders to despair of ever achieving their goals by parliamentary means and to embrace more radical ideologies, such as syndicalism and anarchism.

The German victories in Europe, including the fall of France in June 1940, buoyed the Japanese into believing that alliance with Germany could help in achieving their goals in East Asia, and in September of that year Japan signed a tripartite pact with the Axis powers.

The goal is to avoid letting the adolescent isolate cyberspace from the rest of their life.

Your goal in choosing outdoor advertising should be to define the best locations and work hard to get postings on billboards.

Their goal had been to leave human and posthuman Aenean space far behind them, allowing their people, the Amoiete Spectrum Helix culture, to pursue their own goals, to find their own destiny free of Aenean intervention.

Jenny knew traumatic personal relationships could wreak havoc with her goal to take her company public and conquer the agoraphobia once and for all.

In this case, the goals of the Anabasis can be equated to the goals of Esro Mondrian.

The pessimistic Ascenders dourly pursued an otherworldly Goal they were assured of never reaching, and the optimistic Descenders giddily embraced a this-worldly creation whose Source they celebrated but never experienced.

Then, since the fire of the sidereal system has attained its goal, why does it not stay at rest?

She had been scheduled to graduate on the twelfth from a four-month avionics school in pursuit of her goal of becoming one of the fast female Marine aviators.