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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun goal:


The word goal is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

The word goal and its family (goals) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun goal

What does goal mean as a name of something?

Goal is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: goals

  1. the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
  2. the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
  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
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: game equipment = equipment or apparatus used in playing a game
    • more specific terms:
      • basketball hoop / basket / hoop = horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball
      • net = a goal lined with netting
    • parts:
      • bar = an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal
      • goalpost = one of a pair of posts (usually joined by a crossbar) that are set up as a goal at each end of a playing field
  4. a successful attempt at scoring
    • example: the winning goal came with less than a minute left to play
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: score = the act of scoring in a game or sport
    • more specific term: own goal = a goal that results when a player inadvertently knocks the ball into the goal he is defending

Specialised definition of the noun goal

Glossary of sports

in a game such as football or hockey, the space or opening into which a ball or puck must go to score points, usually a pair of posts with a crossbar and often a net (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the score gained by getting the ball or puck into the goal (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a successful attempt at hitting, kicking, or throwing a ball or hitting a puck into a goal (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

something you are striving to do or achieve (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a final state reached when a task has been finished or has produced satisfactory results (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

an aim, the thing you are trying to achieve (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the area bounded by crossbar, posts, and netting and defended by the goalkeeper (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / Australian rules football

six points, scored by kicking the ball between the two goal posts (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a successful kick of the ball between the two inner posts, worth six points (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / canoeing / whitewater slalom

an obstacle formed by two hanging poles, which must be crossed, in some cases backwards (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / equestrian / show jumping

a type of obstacle, a bar hung from two posts (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / hockey / field hockey

the field hockey goal is a net, 7 feet high, 12 feet wide, and 4 feet deep

Glossary of sports / hockey / ice hockey

provides one point; scored when a puck goes between the goalposts from the stick of an attacking player and entirely crosses the red line between the goalposts

the area made of the goalposts and the net guarded by the goalie and into which a puck must enter to score a point

  • usage: informal

Glossary of sports / skiing / alpine skiing

an obstacle consisting of two poles which has to be passed (slalom, giant slalom, goal combination). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / soccer

a successful attempt to score, in which the whole of the ball crosses the goal line (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a ball that crosses the goal line between the goalposts and below the crossbar for which a point is awarded; also, the 8-foot high, 24-foot wide structure consisting of two posts, a crossbar and a net into which all goals are scored

Glossary of sports / water polo

The water polo goal is made of two goal posts and a crossbar, from which a net is suspended. The goal posts are 3 meters apart and the crossbar is .9 meters above the water surface.

A score, which is made by throwing or dribbling the ball so that it goes completely across the goal line, between the posts and under the crossbar

Glossary of sports / water skiing

the marking of the start (start gate) and finish (finish gate) by means of two buoys (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)


  1. "Goal" a.k.a. "Goal!" is a 2005 film directed by Danny Cannon. It is the first installment of a trilogy also named Goal! This film was made with full co-operation from FIFA, which is one of the reasons actual teams and players are used throughout the film. The second instalment, Goal II: Living the Dream, was released in February 2007. The third instalment, Goal! III: Taking on the World, was released straight to DVD in June 2009.
  2. "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.
  3. "Goal" a.k.a. "Get Set Goal": 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 "Below average" by Box Office India. The film was premiered in the Tous Les Cinemas du Monde section of 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
  4. "Goal" a.k.a. "Goal!" is a 2012 short fantasy film written by Colin Cunningham & Mark Rickerby and directed by Colin Cunningham.


"Goal" is a 1969 children's novel by prolific British author Michael Hardcastle. It is the third in a series of books focusing on the fortunes of fictitious English football team Scorton Rovers.

  • released in (46 years ago)


  1. "Goal" a.k.a. "Goal!" is a 1988 soccer/football video game published by Jaleco for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game supports up to two players. It was released in Japan as Moero !! Pro Soccer.
    • also known as Moero 5!! Pro Soccer
    • mode: Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
    • developers: Jaleco, Tose Co., Ltd.
    • genre: Sports game
    • publisher: Jaleco
    • released on (26 years ago)
  2. "Goal" a.k.a. "Dino Dini's Goal": Dino Dini's Goal is a soccer computer game released by Virgin Games in 1993. It is considered by many to be the "true" sequel to Kick Off 2, as Kick Off's creator Dino Dini had moved from Anco and was responsible for all Goal's engineering and game design.
    • also known as Goal!, !גול, Dino Dini's Goal!, 90 Minutes, Serious Soccer
    • developer: Dini & Dini Productions
    • genres: Sports game, Football
    • publisher: Virgin Interactive
    • released in (22 years ago)


"Goal" a.k.a. "Goal!" is an award-winning photo by Otto Metelmann, depicting: 'Goal!'.

  • taken in (58 years ago)
  • media: photograph
  • award:
    • World Press Photo Award for Sports (Single) nomination for Otto Metelmann
    • World Press Photo Award for Sports (Single), received by Otto Metelmann


  1. "Goal" is the soundtrack album of 2007 film.
  2. "GOAL" is a composition.
  3. "GOAL" is a musical single of SAICO.
    • released on (23 years ago)
  4. "Goal" is a musical single of Depth Charge.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  5. "Goal" is a musical EP of The Billy Rubin.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  6. "Goal" is a musical album of Heaven Street Seven.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  7. "Goal" is a single by Yas.
    • also known as Hadaf


  1. Goal refers to a method of scoring in many sports. It can also refer to the physical structure or area of the playing surface where scoring occurs. 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. A few of these sports use the term field goal to distinguish one scoring method from another.
  2. Goal a.k.a. The Goal! trilogy is a series of football films directed by Danny Cannon, Jaume Collet-Serra and Andrew Morahan. The first film, Goal!, was released in 2005, and the second film, Goal II: Living the Dream, was released in 2007. The third and final part, Goal III: Taking on the World, was released in 2009.
  3. GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor. It is a non-denominational, non-governmental and non-political organisation. Its founder and CEO is John O'Shea whilst others associated include the President of GOAL UK, Pat Cash, former Wimbledon champion.

Phrases with Goal

Phrases starting with the word Goal:

  1. Goal Area
  2. Goal Cage
  3. Goal kick
  4. goal line
  5. goal post
  6. goal-kick
  7. goal judge
  8. Goal Third
  9. Goal Attack
  10. Goal Keeper
  11. Goal Umpire

Phrases ending with the word Goal:

  1. In Goal
  2. no-goal
  3. Non-Goal
  4. own goal
  5. Drop goal
  6. Open Goal
  7. field goal
  8. Distal Goal
  9. Golden goal

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Printed books with definitions for Goal

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Google previewWhat's Best Next (2014)

How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matthew Aaron Perman

Your life goal is the concrete what. It is the chief way...

Google previewCollective Agency and Cooperation in Natural and Artificial Systems (2015)

Explanation, Implementation and Simulation by Catrin Misselhorn

For example, suppose Ali's goal is that the monkey who rustles the leaves is captured and Kendo's goal is that the monkey who casts the shadow is captured, then Ali and Kendo could still engage in a joint action directed at the outcome that ...

Google previewSelling Above and Below the Line (2015)

Convince the C-Suite. Win Over Management. Secure the Sale. by William "Skip" Miller

THE GOAL IS A DECISION Business management gurus might define a goal as “ a desired result a person or a company...

If you put this into a selling context, this might be the definition: 200 A goal is the end point of a vision that, American ...

Google previewHuman Resource Management (2007)

A Critical Text by John Storey

put it: The goal is a strategy that is forever morphing, forever conforming itself to emerging opportunities and incipient trends . The goal is an organization that is constantly making its future rather than ...

Google previewBusiness Aspects of Optometry (2004)

Association of Practice Management Educators by APME, John G. Classe, Lawrence S. Thal, Roger D. Kamen, Ronald S. Rounds

A goal is a prelude to action, driven by the motivation that expects to see it realized. Commitment is the key component to a...

Google previewIssues and Alternatives for Management of the Lower Deschutes River (1990)

Summary Document : a Joint River Management Plan Between

The first goal is that of "equality." Equality assumes that individuals have the same right to certain...

The third allocation goal is the recognition of “need" in distributing the resource. For example, those owning land along or near the river might ...

Google previewAlgorithmic Foundations of Robotics VIII (2010)

Selected Contributions of the Eighth International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics by Gregory S. Chirikjian, Howie Choset, Marco Morales, Todd Murphey

One such design goal is the ease of use for systems where only a forward propagationroutine is available (that is, the simulation of the system Ioan A. Sucan ̧ and Lydia E. Kavraki Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston TX, 77005 , USA can ...

Google previewConceptual Modeling - ER 2007 (2007)

26th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, Auckland, New Zealand, November 5-9, 2007, Proceedings by Christine Parent, Klaus-Dieter Schewe, Veda C. Storey

In a data exchange scenario, given a set of correspondences between a source and a target schema, the goal is the automatic generation of queries able to transform data over the source into a format conforming to the target. In this paper , we ...

Google previewTime, Will, and Mental Process (2007)

by Jason W. Brown

goal is the object (idea) of an intention (e.g., desire). The intention guides...

Though the goal is an objective toward which the action is striving, it is still an occurrent concept or proposition in which an incipient action is embedded.” Whether the ...

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Quotes about Goal

the world
like the football field
is not for one
to say one is best
but to show
why one is best
brains, legs,
hands, eyes,
hair, balls, flags
and all
a goal is all
that counts
goal goal goal (John Tiong Chunghoo)
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Scrabble value of G2O1A1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of GOAL

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