Definition of keep score
: to officially record the number of points, goals, runs, etc., that each player or team gets in a game or contest —sometimes used figuratively If you're keeping score, this is the third time that he has run for mayor and lost.
Word by Word Definitions
: to retain in one's possession or power
: to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing
: to have in control
: the means or provisions by which one is kept
: one that keeps or protects: such as
: fortress, castle
: an indefinitely large number
: a line (such as a scratch or incision) made with or as if with a sharp instrument
: to keep a record or account of by or as if by notches on a tally : record
: to enter in a record
: to mark with significant lines or notches (as in keeping account)
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