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English noun: goal

1. goal (cognition) the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

SamplesThe ends justify the means.


Broader (hypernym)cognitive content, content, mental object

Narrower (hyponym)aim, aim, bourn, bourne, design, destination, end-all, intent, intention, intention, no-goal, object, objective, purpose, target, terminus

Part meronymplan of action

2. goal (location) the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)

SamplesA crowd assembled at the finish.
He was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view.

Synonymsdestination, finish

Broader (hypernym)end, terminal

Narrower (hyponym)finish line, finishing line

3. goal (artifact) game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points

Broader (hypernym)game equipment

Narrower (hyponym)basket, basketball hoop, hoop, net

Part holonymbar, goalpost

4. goal (act) a successful attempt at scoring

SamplesThe winning goal came with less than a minute left to play.

Broader (hypernym)score

Narrower (hyponym)own goal

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