\ ˈskȯr How to pronounce score (audio) \
plural scores

Definition of score

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 or plural score
a : twenty
b : a group of 20 things often used in combination with a cardinal number fourscore
c : an indefinitely large number
2a : a line (such as a scratch or incision) made with or as if with a sharp instrument
b(1) : a mark used as a starting point or goal
(2) : a mark used for keeping account
3a : an account or reckoning originally kept by making marks on a tally
b : amount due : indebtedness
4 : grudge a score to settle
5a : reason, ground was accepted on the score of high academic achievement
b : subject, topic has nothing to say on that score
6a : the copy of a musical composition in written or printed notation
b : a musical composition specifically : the music for a movie or theatrical production
c : a complete description of a dance composition in choreographic notation
7a : a number that expresses accomplishment (as in a game or test) or excellence (as in quality) either absolutely in points gained or by comparison to a standard
b : an act (such as a goal, run, or touchdown) in any of various games or contests that gains points
8 : success in obtaining something (such as money or drugs) especially through illegal or irregular means
9 : the stark inescapable facts of a situation knows the score


scored; scoring

Definition of score (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to keep a record or account of by or as if by notches on a tally : record
b : to enter in a record
c : to mark with significant lines or notches (as in keeping account)
2 : to mark with lines, grooves, scratches, or notches
3 : berate, scold also : denounce
4a(1) : to make (a score) in a game or contest scored a touchdown scored three points
(2) : to enable (a base runner) to make a score
(3) : to have as a value in a game or contest : count a touchdown scores six points
b(1) : achieve, attain scored a dazzling success
(2) : acquire help a traveler score local drugs— Poitor Koper
(3) : win sense 1 scored free tickets over the radio
5 : to determine the merit of : grade
6a : to write or arrange (music) for a specific performance medium
b : to make an orchestration of
c : to compose a score for (a movie)

intransitive verb

1 : to keep score in a game or contest
2 : to make a score in a game or contest
3a : to gain or have the advantage
b : to be successful: such as
(1) : to succeed in having sexual intercourse
(2) : to manage to obtain illicit drugs
score points
: to gain favor, status, or advantage

Other Words from score


scorer noun

Synonyms for score

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of score in a Sentence

Noun students with low test scores The film's score is by a famous composer. Verb She scored twice in the game. Each correct answer scores two points. In American football, a touchdown scores six points. Who's going to score the game? Judges will score the performances based on their artistic and technical features. Which judges are scoring tonight? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also documentary-like is the movie’s soundtrack, whose everyday ambient sounds are unsweetened by a score. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 The Americans won the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in September by a score of 19-9. Adam Schupak, USA TODAY, 20 July 2022 Golden State led by the final score after Jonathan Kuminga sank a free throw with 8 seconds left. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 10 July 2022 After two quick outs to start the seventh, Haase got a hanging curveball on the first pitch and blasted it to left field, going 389 feet at 106.6 mph beyond the bullpen to put the Tigers ahead by the eventual final score. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 5 July 2022 Portland won those games against Houston and Orlando by a combined score of 10-0. oregonlive, 27 June 2022 But the last five years, Ohio State has won by an average score of 43-8. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 20 June 2022 The home side, the Avalanche, took Game 1 over the Lightning in overtime on Wednesday, by a 4-3 score. Carol Schram, Forbes, 16 June 2022 The Warriors have outscored the Celtics by a combined score of 106-63 in the finals. Mark Heim |, al, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The focus on DeShields then paved the way for Shey Peddy to take over and score 13 points and three 3-pointers in the half. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2022 Arnall thinks the campaign is mostly about Democratic politicians trying to score political points. Rachel Bluth, CBS News, 4 Aug. 2022 The administration seeks to isolate Russia diplomatically and economically as punishment for the war on Ukraine, but Russian officials hope to score points by showing that U.S. officials must engage with them. Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2022 McCallum went on to score 1,000 points as a basketball star at Rice University, but for Milford was the state shot put champion as a junior in 1991. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 24 June 2022 Branham returned from a program pause following a COVID-19 outbreak to score 35 points in an 87-79 road win over Nebraska. Stephen Means, cleveland, 23 June 2022 Stella is already feeling left out when Violet pushes her further away by making fun of her flat chest to score points with Gaby. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 June 2022 Curry, Michael Jordan and LeBron James are the only players 34 and older to score 40 or more points in an N.B.A. finals game. New York Times, 11 June 2022 Jayson Tatum bounced back from a quiet 12-point night in Game 1 to score 28 points in Game 2 but received little support from his teammates in the loss. Alex Kay, Forbes, 8 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of score


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for score


Middle English scor, from Old Norse skor notch, tally, twenty; akin to Old English scieran to cut — more at shear

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\ ˈskȯr How to pronounce score (audio) \

Kids Definition of score

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a record of points made or lost (as in a game)
2 : the number of points earned for correct answers on a test
3 : a group of 20 things : twenty
4 : harm done by someone and kept in mind for later response I have a score to settle with you.
6 : a line (as a scratch) made with or as if with something sharp
7 : ground entry 1 sense 8, reason We were tired but wouldn't leave on that score.
8 : the written or printed form of a musical composition

Other Words from score

scoreless \ -​ləs \ adjective


scored; scoring

Kids Definition of score (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make or cause to make a point or points in a game His brother scored a touchdown.
2 : to cut or mark with a line, scratch, or notch I scored the wood with a knife.
4 : grade entry 2 sense 1, mark My teacher spent the weekend scoring our reports.
5 : to set down in an account : record
6 : to keep the score in a game

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