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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: goal /ɡoʊl/ 
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pluralgoals
  1. 1
    something that you hope to achieve

    Our goal is to provide a good standard of medical care.

    goal of:

    the company's goal of employing as many women as men within five years

    set/establish a goal:

    You should set goals for yourself at the beginning of each school year.

    achieve/reach/attain a goal:

    I haven't yet reached my goal of losing 20 pounds.

  2. 2
    an area or structure that a ball must go into or through to score points in some sports
    1. a.
      the action of putting a ball into a goal
      score a goal:

      Paul scored three goals in the game.

      winning goal:

      Let's take another look at Italy's fantastic winning goal.

    2. b.
      the point or points that you score by putting a ball into a goal

      At half time, our team was losing three goals to one.

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