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Synonyms for goal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. goal, end(noun)

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

    "the ends justify the means"

    remnant, death, end, final stage, closing, conclusion, close, finish, destruction, oddment, remainder, last, ending, destination, terminal

  2. finish, destination, goal(noun)

    the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)

    "a crowd assembled at the finish"; "he was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view"

    refinement, coating, last, polish, finale, culture, ending, end, cultivation, finish, close, finis, finishing, stopping point, address, terminus, destination, name and address, conclusion

  3. goal(noun)

    game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points

    destination, end, finish

  4. goal(noun)

    a successful attempt at scoring

    "the winning goal came with less than a minute left to play"

    destination, end, finish


  1. goal(noun)

    ambition, objective, purpose, aspiration

  2. goal(noun)

    A result that one is attempting to achieve.

    ambition, aspiration, objective, purpose

  3. goal(noun)

    In many sports, an area into which the players attempt to put an object.

    objective, ambition, purpose, aspiration

  4. goal(noun)

    The act of placing the object into the goal.

    purpose, aspiration, objective, ambition

  5. goal(noun)

    A point scored in a game as a result of placing the object into the goal.

    aspiration, ambition, purpose, objective

  6. goal(noun)

    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.

    ambition, objective, aspiration, purpose

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. goal

    The aim is the direction in which one shoots, or sometimes that which is aimed at. The mark is that at which one shoots; the goal, that toward which one runs. All alike indicate the direction of endeavor. The end is the point at which one expects or hopes to close his labors; the object, that which he would grasp as the reward of his labors. Aspiration, design, endeavor, purpose, referring to the mental acts by which the aim is attained, are often used as interchangeable with aim. Aspiration applies to what are viewed as noble aims; endeavor, design, intention, purpose, indifferently to the best or worst. Aspiration has less of decision than the other terms; one may aspire to an object, and yet lack the fixedness of purpose by which alone it can be attained. Purpose is stronger than intention. Design especially denotes the adaptation of means to an end; endeavor refers to the exertions by which it is to be attained. One whose aims are worthy, whose aspirations are high, whose designs are wise, and whose purposes are steadfast, may hope to reach the goal of his ambition, and will surely win some object worthy of a life's endeavor. Compare AMBITION; DESIGN.

    aim, aspiration, design, determination, end, end, endeavor, endeavor, inclination, intent, intention, mark, object, purpose, tendency

    aimlessness, avoidance, carelessness, heedlessness, neglect, negligence, oversight, purposelessness, thoughtlessness

Editors Contribution

  1. macguffin

    something a protagonist desires.

    "kitty's goal was to have her breakfast"

    Submitted by rinat on September 10, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. goal(n.)

    post (set to bound a race), mark

  2. goal(n.)

    object, end, design, destination, aim, height of one's ambition

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. goal(n)

    bourne, end, aim, destination

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How to use goal in a sentence?

  1. Prof.Salam Al Shereida:

    Mounting high; Mounting far. Your goal the Empyrean; Your aim the MACS0647-JD.

  2. Sven Harmeling:

    This debate about (lowering the goal to) 1.5 degrees is very crucial in the context of loss and damage.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Life is about finding yourself. Finding yourself is about finding your ultimate goal, ultimate passion.

  4. Alex Lavoie:

    The goal is to get people out of single-occupancy rides to reduce congestion.

  5. Carolyn Robbins Manley:

    It's not really selection, it's de-selection, so the goal is for each side to root out biases.

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