score

noun
\ ˈskȯr \
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

score

verb
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

Verb

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

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?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Metacritic score: 68 Bumblebee is technically the sixth movie in the Transformers series, and a prequel to the previous five. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bumblebee," 21 Dec. 2018 Rent payments can count toward a renter’s credit score, as both Cozy and Avail have partnerships with credit agencies to facilitate it. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Online property management tools are moving the landlord-tenant relationship to the internet," 7 Nov. 2018 Post-traumatic growth scores, which measure positive change, were up 40 percent. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 In response to the relatively low score, fans online think Bobby took a subtle dig at the other contestants on Twitter the morning after. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Bobby Bones Threw MAJOR Shade at Alexis Ren and Other Contestants," 23 Oct. 2018 Your impulse to fix them is noble, but the task should not be undertaken lightly (sorry, unavoidable pun), because the strands contain scores, if not hundreds, of tiny incandescent bulbs. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix a String of Christmas Lights," 12 Oct. 2018 The 14-year-old ran for two scores, from the 1- and 3-yard line, the Republic reported. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Blind Arizona high school football player scores two touchdowns," 19 Sep. 2018 Before Bitdefender was installed our PC scored an average of 2,467; afterwards the test score rose (which is good) to 2,506—a difference of 39 points. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Bitdefender Total Security 2019 review: This AV suite builds a better autopilot," 13 Sep. 2018 Our testers gave it high scores for support, but keep in mind that this unique shape may fit awkwardly into traditional pillowcases. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Memory Foam Pillows You Can Buy," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Manchester City's Leroy Sane celebrates with teammates after scoring the go-ahead goal. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Manchester City Is Back in the Premier League Race," 3 Jan. 2019 Anderson is capped by Brazil at international level and has caught the attention of Manuel Pellegrini after scoring 34 goals in 177 appearances for Lazio. SI.com, "Lazio Star Felipe Anderson Undergoing West Ham Medical as Club Record Move Edges Closer," 13 July 2018 After scoring the only - but winning - goal in the 13th minute for the Rising against his former club Orange County SC, Chris Cortez celebrated by taking in the ambience of the fans after the game. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Phoenix Rising's Chris Cortez enjoying big season, life in Arizona, 'Game of Thrones'," 13 July 2018 After scoring 48 points (nine goals, 39 assists) in his first season, Jokiharju had 12 goals and 59 assists last season in 63 games. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "Blackhawks aim to find out if Henri Jokiharju is ready for the NHL," 13 July 2018 Heading into Friday’s final round in the oldest divisions (15-18), Texan Nathan Petronzio topped the boys with a 6-under total after scoring 1-under 71 in the third round on the Torrey Pines South Course. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Thai teem overcomes San Diegan in Junior World duel," 12 July 2018 The Enquirer/Bobby Nightengale The Reds beat the Indians 7-4 in Cleveland Tuesday night, by scoring seven times in the ninth inning. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Lucky? Good? These Cincinnati Reds are probably both.," 11 July 2018 After Perry's comments, Knox gave his general manager more work to do in slowing the hype by scoring 29 points in 33 minutes in his third summer league game. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's Kevin Knox is dominating in the NBA Las Vegas summer league," 11 July 2018 In that one, Lopez was on the mound when the Nationals began to mount their comeback by scoring five runs off the pitcher, who was acquired in the David Phelps trade with Seattle last summer and began the season at Double A Jacksonville. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Early jitters prove costly to Marlins rookie in loss to Brewers," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of score

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for score

Noun

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

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score

noun

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

: 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

score

verb

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

score

noun
\ ˈskȯr \

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

score

verb
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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