Goal vs. Wish

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Goal and Wish is that the Goal is a desired result or outcome and Wish is a desire

  • Goal

    A goal is an idea of the future or desired result that a person or a group of people envisions, plans and commits to achieve. People endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.

    A goal is roughly similar to a purpose or aim, the anticipated result which guides reaction, or an end, which is an object, either a physical object or an abstract object, that has intrinsic value.

  • Wish

    A wish is a hope or desire for something. Fictionally, wishes can be used as plot devices. In folklore, opportunities for “making a wish” or for wishes to “come true” or “be granted” are themes that are sometimes used.

  • Goal (noun)

    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.”

  • Goal (noun)

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

  • Goal (noun)

    The act of placing the object into the goal.

  • Goal (noun)

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

  • 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.

  • Goal (verb)

    To score a goal

  • Wish (noun)

    A desire, hope, or longing for something or for something to happen.

  • Wish (noun)

    An expression of such a desire, often connected with ideas of magic and supernatural power.

  • Wish (noun)

    The thing desired or longed for.

    “My dearest wish is to see them happily married.”

  • Wish (noun)

    A water meadow.

  • Wish (verb)

    To desire; to want.

    “I’ll come tomorrow, if you wish it.”

  • Wish (verb)

    To hope (for a particular outcome).

  • Wish (verb)

    To bestow (a thought or gesture) towards (someone or something).

    “We wish you a Merry Christmas.”

  • Wish (verb)

    To request or desire to do an activity.

  • Wish (verb)

    To recommend; to seek confidence or favour on behalf of.

  • Wish (verb)

    feel or express a strong desire or hope for something that cannot or probably will not happen

    “he wished that he had practised the routines”

    “we wished for peace”

  • Wish (verb)

    express a hope that (someone) enjoys (happiness or success)

    “they wish her every success”

  • Wish (verb)

    want to do something

    “they wish to become involved”

  • Wish (verb)

    want (something) to be done or happen

    “I wish it to be clearly understood”

  • Wish (verb)

    want (someone) to do or have something

    “Anne wishes me to visit her”

  • Wish (verb)

    hope that (someone) has to deal with someone or something undesirable

    “he wouldn’t wish Arthur on anyone”

  • Wish (noun)

    a desire or hope for something to happen

    “the union has reiterated its wish for an agreement”

    “her wish to be a mother”

  • Wish (noun)

    an expression of a desire, typically in the form of a request or instruction

    “she must carry out her late father’s wishes”

  • Wish (noun)

    an invocation or recitation of a hope or desire

    “he makes a wish”

  • Wish (noun)

    an expression of a hope for someone’s success, happiness, or welfare

    “the Queen had sent her best wishes for a speedy recovery”

  • Wish (noun)

    a thing that is or has been wished for

    “the petitioners eventually got their wish”

Oxford Dictionary

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