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goal

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From Middle English gol (boundary, limit), from Old English *gāl (obstacle, barrier, marker), suggested by its derivative Old English gǣlan (to hinder, delay, impede, keep in suspense, linger, hesitate, dupe), and Old English hyġegǣlsa (hesitating, slow, sluggish). Cognate with Albanian ngel (to remain, linger, hesitate, get stuck).

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goal (plural goals)

  1. A result that one is attempting to achieve.
    My lifelong goal is to get into a Hollywood movie.
    She failed in her goal to become captain of the team.
    • 2013 November 2, “A shrinking slice”, The Economist, volume 409, number 8860: 
      The goal should be to strengthen workers without hamstringing firms. Growth, rather than employment protection, is the priority. More work means a stronger labour market, which would bid up employees’ slice, as it did in America in the 1990s when unemployment was at record lows.
  2. In many sports, an area into which the players attempt to put an object.
  3. The act of placing the object into the goal.
  4. A point scored in a game as a result of placing the object into the goal.
    • 2011 April 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Norwich 2-1 Nott'm Forest”, BBC Sport:
      The former Forest man, who passed a late fitness test, appeared to use Guy Moussi for leverage before nodding in David Fox's free-kick at the far post - his 22nd goal of the season.
  5. A noun or noun phrase that receives the action of a verb. The subject of a passive verb or the direct object of an active verb. Also called a patient, target, or undergoer.

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English, see above

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goal m (plural goals, diminutive goaltje n)

  1. goal, target in sports, especially soccer
  2. a hit in it, a point scored

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English goal.

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goal m (plural goaux)

  1. goalkeeper especially in soccer and polo
  2. (rare) target in those sports

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goal m (inv)

  1. Alternative spelling of gol

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ManxEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish Gall (Gaul, Scandinavian, Anglo-Norman, foreigner).

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goal m (genitive goal, plural goallyn or goaldee)

  1. Gaul
  2. lowlander
  3. foreigner

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Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
goal ghoal ngoal
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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