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noun [countable] goal pronunciation in American English /ɡoʊl/
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  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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