\ 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

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Other Words from score


scorer noun

Synonyms for score

Synonyms: Noun

down [chiefly British], grievance, grudge, resentment

Synonyms: Verb

groove, scribe, seam

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Examples of score in a Sentence


students with low test scores The film's score is by a famous composer.


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?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Savage threw incomplete to Lacy on the first one — Lacy had to climb over top of Justin Coleman to prevent an interception in the end zone — and Lacy beat Ford for the score. • Lacy, by the way, is like a junior Kenny Golladay. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Lions observations: The more training camp reps the merrier for Darius Slay," 4 Aug. 2019 Mayfield later came back with a similar play, but this one to Brown, who lost Joe Schobert for the score. Scott Patsko,, "Orange & Brown Scrimmage defensive report: Mack Wilson shines, TE coverage struggles," 3 Aug. 2019 Gilmore played quarterback and had one of those Wildcat-like drop handoff/passes to Jonathan Jones for a score. Jim Mcbride,, "Day 7: Tom Brady rallies the offense after slow start," 1 Aug. 2019 Winfree knocked the pass up from the defender and snagged it for the score. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "WATCH: Broncos’ Brett Rypien connects with Juwann Winfree for spectacular TD vs. Falcons," 1 Aug. 2019 Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Trump Widens War on Black Critics While Embracing ‘Inner City Pastors’," 29 July 2019 Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Trump, Al Sharpton trade shots on Twitter," 29 July 2019 Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Trump called Al Sharpton a 'con man'. Sharpton said he makes 'trouble for bigots'. A look at their Twitter feud," 29 July 2019 Butler created separation from rookie cornerback Nik Needham and hawked down the deep floater for the score. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins training camp Day 2: Stock up, stock down and other observations," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Baltimore students in last year’s graduating class scored an average of 890 on the SAT. Talia Richman, Washington Post, "These Baltimore teens’ summer job: Boosting their SAT scores," 7 Aug. 2019 The Pilots scored their run the seventh, and the Bucs tacked on an extra run in the eighth. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Bucs topple Pilots to capture Alaska Baseball League championship," 7 Aug. 2019 Fernandez has scored eight goals in 11 appearances since joining the Timbers in May, but hasn’t been able to get on the scoresheet in either of the last two games. Jamie Goldberg,, "Jeremy Ebobisse’s versatility in the attack has been an asset to the Portland Timbers," 6 Aug. 2019 Sergio Aguero has scored 164 goals in 239 Premier League appearances for City -- that's 0.69 goals per match. James Masters, CNN, "Premier League predictions: Liverpool or Manchester City? Kane or Aguero?," 6 Aug. 2019 Zavala went 1-for-9 with a run scored in three games with the Sox from May 25-31. Lamond Pope,, "White Sox place catcher Welington Castillo on the family medical emergency leave list," 2 Aug. 2019 Two more runs scored on another single, but Cahill prevented Suarez’s line being further damaged. Los Angeles Times, "Starter Jose Suarez’s changeup doesn’t fool Tigers in Angels’ loss," 31 July 2019 The top three Red Sox hitters, Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers and Bogaerts, held the top spots on the A.L. leaderboard for runs scored through Thursday. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Wait Till Last Year? A Strong Red Sox Team Toils in 2018’s Shadow," 27 July 2019 Belmontes sported a batting average of .567 with 30 runs scored and 29 RBIs. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Daily Pilot Softball Dream Team: Grace Uribe gave Huntington Beach a puncher’s chance," 26 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of score

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the number of points, goals, runs, etc., that each player or team has in a game or contest
chiefly US : the number of points that someone gets for correct answers on a test, exam, etc.
: a document showing all the notes of a piece of music



English Language Learners Definition of score (Entry 2 of 2)

: to get points, goals, runs, etc., in a game or contest
: to be worth (a particular number of points) in a game or contest
: to officially record the number of points, goals, runs, etc., that each player or team gets in a game or contest


\ 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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a period when something is suspended

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