goal vs objective : Common Errors in English

About goal vs objective

Most language authorities consider “goal” to be a synonym of “objective,” and some dismiss the popular bureaucratic phrase “goals and objectives” as a meaningless redundancy.However, if you have to deal with people who insist there is a distinction, here is their usual argument: goals are general, objectives are more specific. If your goal is to create a safer work environment, your objective might be to remove the potted poison ivy plant from your desk. In education, a typical example would be that if your goal is to improve your French, one objective might be to master the subjunctive.

goal Meaning(s)

  • (n) the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
  • (n) the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
  • (n) game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points
  • (n) a successful attempt at scoring

objective Meaning(s)

  • (n) the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
  • (n) the lens or system of lenses in a telescope or microscope that is nearest the object being viewed
  • (a) undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena
  • (a) serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes
  • (s) emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings, insertion of fictional matter, or interpretation
  • (s) belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events

goal in News

  1. Shaw's goal in third OT gives Blackhawks 4-3 victory in Game 1

    Bruins fall prey to Shaw game-winner after blowing 2-goal Game 1 lead in regulation The Stanley Cup Final arrived at the United Center on Wednesday night for the first time since 2010, and fans began trickling in about an hour before Game 1 between the Blackhawks and the Bruins.        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Baltimore Sun

  2. Goal Zero and In-Q-Tel Sign Strategic Agreement to Develop Deployable Power Systems

    SALT LAKE CITY, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Goal Zero, a leader in portable, reliable solar power, announced a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT). IQT is a non-profit, strategic investor that identifies, adapts, and delivers innovative...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PR Newswire

  3. Mexico goal drought continues, draw Costa Rica

    An ineffective Mexico continued to suffer from its goal drought on Tuesday night, drawing 0-0 with Costa Rica and complicating its way in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Sports Illustrated

objective in News

  1. Rapid Capital Funding Reviews User Experience, Makes Upgrades

    MIAMI, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rapid Capital Funding has redesigned and upgraded their website for the growing and competitive merchant cash advance market. This objective includes representing their ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

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    Any videogame enthusiast can describe the novelty of discovering hidden messages within games. The game’s programmer leaves these surprises, appropriately called “Easter eggs,” which are only discovered when players abandon the game’s structured objective and explore areas off the beaten path.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Longboat Observer

  3. JPMorgan Chase raises target price on Huntington Ingalls shares

    JPMorgan Chase has lifted its price objective on shares of defense contractor Huntington Ingalls Industries, which owns the Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, from $52 to $63, according to Ticker Report.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Mississippi Press

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