\ 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

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?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This romantic comedy features an original score influenced by The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, Stephen Sondheim and Brian Wilson. oregonlive, 14 July 2021 Big score: 50-cent Pick 5 ticket—Race 4 (1,2/7/1,4,5,7,8,9/3,5,6/6,7,8), $54. Star Tribune, 14 July 2021 The score, written to capture the emotions of the story, will be performed by contemporary hip-hop artists and released as a soundtrack. Shelby Stewart, Chron, 7 July 2021 This score, which blends orchestration with modern production and otherworldly synths is sinister, but in a sadistic way that can’t be taught. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, 7 July 2021 On national tests, 85% of eighth-graders score below proficient in U.S. history, as do about 75% in geography and civics. Natalie Wexler, Forbes, 5 July 2021 But there’s little chance the winner matches DeChambeau’s winning score of 23 under last year or Lashley’s 25 under in 2019. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 3 July 2021 J Balvin, Karol G and Nicky Jam score the week's highest debut on both the Global Excl. Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, 2 July 2021 It’s also a bit hampered by a lackluster musical score (by Lorne Balfe) and a flat performance by Yvonne Strahovski, the actress who plays the lead scientist of the future. Kyle Smith, National Review, 2 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For nearly every minute of the game, the question for the Suns is if anyone but Booker could score. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2021 Last Sunday, Kilian saw Kane, an incoming fifth-grader, score the winning goal for Laxachusetts at a club tournament in Holderness, N.H., 14 July 2021 Snap up a new pair of white sneakers or score a cute pair of platform sandals to wear the rest of the summer season. Talia Abba, Glamour, 13 July 2021 The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the best times of the year to score discounts on everything from comfortable travel clothing and wear-all-day shoes to long-lasting luggage from brands like Tumi and Briggs & Riley. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 July 2021 Incredibly, the midfielder who converted the decisive penalty in a shootout win over Spain in the semifinals also failed to score as Pickford tipped the effort off the post. Steve Douglas, ajc, 12 July 2021 Charley won the ball but couldn’t find the angle to score. Caitlin Murray, oregonlive, 11 July 2021 With Alex Kirilloff batting, Soto threw a wild pitch to allow Luis Arraez to score. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, 11 July 2021 Cedric Mullins bunted himself on to begin the first inning for the Orioles, and Hays drove a home run out to right-center field to score him for an early 2-0 lead. Jon Meoli,, 11 July 2021

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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


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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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