|1.||[ 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"
|Related terms:||content purpose aim intention destination no-goal end-all bourn plan_of_action|
|2.||[ noun ] (sport) a successful attempt at scoring|
"the winning goal came with less than a minute left to play"
|Related terms:||score own_goal|
|3.||[ noun ] (games) game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points|
|Related terms:||game_equipment basket net bar bar goalpost|
|4.||[ 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"
|Related terms:||end point finishing_line destine|