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goal noun

1 wooden frame into which a ball is kicked/hit

ADJ. open He kicked the ball into an open goal.

VERB + GOAL go in, play in The goalkeeper was injured so a defender had to go in goal.

PREP. in ~ Who's in goal for Arsenal?

2 point scored in a game

ADJ. brilliant, excellent, good, great, spectacular, stunning, superb, well-taken | scrappy, soft The fans were annoyed that the team gave away such a soft goal. | decisive, winning | equalizing | important, useful, vital | own Vega scored an unfortunate own goal when he slipped as he tried to clear the ball.

VERB + GOAL get, score | kick (in rugby) | head (in) | make Visconti scored one goal himself and made two for Lupo. | concede, give away, let in | allow, disallow The referee disallowed the goal.

GOAL + VERB come from sb/sth The equalizing goal came from Cole. The second goal came from a penalty.

PREP. ~ against They scored three goals against the home team. | ~ for his first goal for Spain | ~ from A late goal from Owen won the game for Liverpool. > Special page at SPORT

3 aim

ADJ. immediate, short-term Our immediate goal is to earn enough money to keep the business going. | long-term, ultimate | main, major, primary, prime | clear, explicit, specific | ambitious They have set themselves some ambitious goals. | modest | desirable | achievable, attainable, realistic | unattainable, unrealistic | elusive | personal | common We are all working towards a common goal. | twin The prison service pursues the twin goals of the punishment and rehabilitation of offenders. | strategic | political

VERB + GOAL have It is important to have explicit goals. | establish, set (sb) | pursue, strive for, work towards | achieve, attain, reach

PREP. ~ of their goal of providing free university education for everyone