\ 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 numberfourscore
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 Trailing 54-43 in the second half, the American women rallied to tie the score at 67-67 with 5:25 to go. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "This day in sports: Lorena Ochoa wins her first major at Women’s British Open," 4 Aug. 2020 Among his top highlights from the seeding games was a 3-pointer in the final seconds to tie the score against the Spurs, but it was followed by a foul on the other end in a game the Grizzlies lost 108-106. Jeff Nowak,, "Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson Jr. suffers torn meniscus in loss to Pelicans, out for season," 4 Aug. 2020 Yasmani Grandal won a nine-pitch battle with Woodruff to lead off the sixth with a sharp single and Jiménez jumped on a hanging slider and drove it far out to center for a two-run home run to tie the score. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "White Sox 3, Brewers 2: Offense continues to struggle in second consecutive loss," 4 Aug. 2020 This emerges in his painfully maladroit efforts to lend color to a turgid narrative preoccupied with self-flattery and score-settling. Jonathan Stevenson, The New York Review of Books, "Revenge Served Tepid," 3 Aug. 2020 Although the Canucks outhit the Wild 40-28 on the official score sheet, the game tape told a different story. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Playoffs call for toughness, and Wild is up to the task," 3 Aug. 2020 That score sheet – obtained by – was presented as evidence at the trial. al, "Mobile blocked Black administrator from leading mostly white school, jury verdict shows," 2 Aug. 2020 Many lenders are putting restrictions on loans, particularly if a borrower wants a cash-out refinance or jumbo loan or has a poor credit score. Washington Post, "Mortgage rates fall below 3 percent again," 30 July 2020 Every situation is a zero-sum game, promoting suspicion, refusal to admit mistakes, demands for total loyalty and score settling. Peter Glick, Scientific American, "Why Some Male Leaders Won’t Follow COVID-19 Safety Protocols," 13 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sacramento failed to score on its final seven possessions of regulation. Dallas News, "Luka Doncic’s historic outing vs. the Kings saved the Mavs from more bubble trouble, but stats hardly tell the full story," 5 Aug. 2020 Kunin is also the 11th player to score his first career regular season and playoff goal shorthanded. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Canucks score early, often to stop Wild 4-3, even series at 1-1," 5 Aug. 2020 Over 1 in 3 Black and Latinx girls who score highly on the leadership scale have reported witnessing racial bias. Rachel Cargle,, "Are You Showing Up for Black and Latinx Girls? Girls Leadership's Study Shows Schools Are Not," 4 Aug. 2020 The annual sale is without a doubt the best time of year to score fantastic prices on top fashion brands, and although COVID-19 has changed many things, the quality of the retailer's big sale has remained the same. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, "The 100 best deals from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on clothes, shoes, and more," 4 Aug. 2020 Billy Volek came off the bench to complete 3-of-4 passes and score the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 4:50 to play. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Ranking every Indianapolis Colts team: Nos. 6-10, Edgerrin James & playoff disappointments," 11 July 2020 In recent years the district routinely achieved the top ranking in the Ohio Department of Education’s Performance Index, which measures how highly students score on a series of tests at different grade levels. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Longtime Solon superintendent Joseph Regano, who led one of Ohio’s top-performing school districts, dies of cancer," 5 July 2020 Those who score high on this dimension have a perpetual need to have their suffering acknowledged. Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American, "Unraveling the Mindset of Victimhood," 29 June 2020 For years, there have been mutual funds and ETFs that focused on companies that score well on various environmental, social and governance metrics. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Woke funds are having a moment as Millennials invest more," 24 June 2020

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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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The first known use of score was in the 14th century

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8 Aug 2020

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“Score.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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