goal Definition

  • 1the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result
  • 2the destination of a journey

Using goal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "goal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    My goal is to become a doctor.

  • Example

    The team scored a goal in the last minute of the game.

  • Example

    Her ultimate goal is to start her own business.

  • Example

    The company set a sales goal for the year.

goal Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for goal

Idioms Using goal

  • moving the goalposts

    changing the rules or requirements of a situation or agreement in order to make it more difficult to succeed


    The boss keeps moving the goalposts, making it impossible for us to meet his expectations.

  • to stay focused on the task at hand and not get distracted


    If you want to achieve your goals, you need to keep your eye on the ball and not let anything distract you.

  • to set very high goals or ambitions for oneself


    Although it may seem impossible, I'm going to shoot for the moon and try to become the CEO of this company one day.

Phrases with goal

  • to establish a target or objective to be achieved


    I need to set a goal for my fitness routine.

  • to achieve a target or objective that has been set


    After months of hard work, I finally reached my goal of running a marathon.

  • to successfully hit or kick a ball into the opposing team's goal in sports


    The striker scored a goal in the first half of the match.

Origins of goal

from Middle English 'gol', meaning 'boundary, limit'


Summary: goal in Brief

The term 'goal' [ɡoʊl] refers to a person's ambition or effort, often with a specific target or desired result. It can also refer to the destination of a journey, as in 'We finally reached our goal after a long hike.' 'Goal' is often used in phrases like 'set a goal' and 'reach a goal,' and idioms like 'keep your eye on the ball,' which means to stay focused on the task at hand.

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