What is the difference between Goal and Interest?

The difference between goal and interest

is that "goal" is a result that one is attempting to achieve and "interest" is the price paid for obtaining, or price received for providing, money or goods in a credit transaction, calculated as a fraction of the amount or value of what was borrowed. [from earlier 16th c.].




  • A result that one is attempting to achieve.
  • (sports) In many sports, an area into which the players attempt to put an object.
  • The act of placing the object into the goal.
  • A point scored in a game as a result of placing the object into the goal.
  • 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.


  • (a result one is attempting to achieve:) ambition, object of desire, objective, purpose, aspiration
  • goal


  • My lifelong goal is to get into a Hollywood movie.
  • She failed in her goal to become captain of the team.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • (Gaelic football, Australian rules) To score a goal.


  • (uncountable, finance) The price paid for obtaining, or price received for providing, money or goods in a credit transaction, calculated as a fraction of the amount or value of what was borrowed. [from earlier 16th c.]
  • (uncountable, finance) Any excess over and above an exact equivalent
  • (uncountable) A great attention and concern from someone or something; intellectual curiosity. [from later 18th c.]
  • (uncountable) Attention that is given to or received from someone or something.
  • (countable) An involvement, claim, right, share, stake in or link with a financial, business, or other undertaking or endeavor.
  • (countable) Something or someone one is interested in.
  • (uncountable) Condition or quality of exciting concern or being of importance
  • (obsolete, rare) Injury, or compensation for injury; damages.
  • (usually in the plural) The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively.


  • (fraction of the amount or value of what was borrowed): cost of money, oker


  • accrued interest
  • beneficial interest
  • capitalized interest
  • carried interest
  • compound interest
  • consumer interest
  • controlling interest
  • exact interest
  • imputed interest
  • insurable interest
  • minority interest
  • nominee interest
  • open interest
  • ordinary interest
  • prepaid interest
  • security interest
  • short interest
  • simple interest
  • true interest cost
  • unearned interest

Related terms

  • deferred interest bond
  • earnings before interest and taxes
  • indication of interest
  • insurable interest
  • interest cover
  • interest expense
  • pooling of interest


  • Our bank offers borrowers an annual interest of 5%.
  • You shall have your desires with interest
  • He has a lot of interest in vintage cars.
  • The skipper Mr. Cooke had hired at Far Harbor was a God-fearing man with a luke warm interest in his new billet and employer, and had only been prevailed upon to take charge of the yacht after the offer of an emolument equal to half a year’s sea pay of an ensign in the navy.
  • Thinks I to myself, “Sol, you’re run off your course again. This is a rich man’s summer ‘cottage’ and if you don’t look out there’s likely to be some nice, lively dog taking an interest in your underpinning."
  • […] St. Bede’s at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger’s mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.
  • Over the past few years, however, interest has waxed again. A series of epidemiological studies, none big enough to be probative, but all pointing in the same direction, persuaded Emma Wilmot of the University of Leicester, in Britain, to carry out a meta-analysis. This is a technique that combines diverse studies in a statistically meaningful way.
  • Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an “explosion.”
  • When scientists and doctors write articles and when politicians run for office, they are required in many countries to declare any existing conflicts of interest.
  • I have business interests in South Africa.
  • Lexicography is one of my interests.
  • Victorian furniture is an interest of mine.
  • The main character’s romantic interest will be played by a non-professional actor.
  • The conscience, indeed, is already violated when to moral good or evil we oppose things possessing no moral interest.
  • How can this infinite beauty, power and goodnes admit any correspondencie or similitude with a thing so base and abject as we are, without extreme interest and manifest derogation from his divine greatnesse?
  • the iron interest;  the cotton interest


  • To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing.
  • (obsolete, often impersonal) To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite.
  • (obsolete) To cause or permit to share.


  • bore
  • disinterest


  • It might interest you to learn that others have already tried that approach.
  • Action films don’t really interest me.
  • Or rather, gracious sir, / Create me to this glory, since my cause / Doth interest this fair quarrel.
  • The mystical communion of all faithful men is such as maketh every one to be interested in those precious blessings which any one of them receiveth at God’s hands.