\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


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

c : rate entry 3

score points

: to gain favor, status, or advantage

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Other Words from score


scorer noun

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

Croatia beat England with a 2-1 score in their 2018 World Cup semi-final match. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Gorillaz, Solomun & More React to Croatia's World Cup Win Over England," 11 July 2018 The good news is a parent can get the federal PLUS loan even with a lower credit score. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Students aren't the only ones crushed by school debt," 11 July 2018 In December, the companies conceded failure on that score, but held out for better results on the study’s secondary goal, which was BAN2401’s effect after 18 months. Damian Garde, STAT, "Biogen reports positive results with Alzheimer’s drug, reviving hopes for once-failed treatment," 5 July 2018 The inclusion of Bronico and Aleksandar Katai in the second half gave the Fire some offensive life, as the visiting side come close to evening the score on a couple of occasions early on in the second half. Juan Pimiento,, "10-man Chicago Fire drop their 3rd straight against FC Dallas," 14 July 2018 The Swede matched a career high for the lowest 36-hole score of her career., "Robert Rock takes two-shot lead at Scottish Open," 14 July 2018 Duffy later left the game after twisting his ankle on a swing in the eighth, but Cash said he was removed because of the score and is expected to be in the lineup on Sunday. Brian Hall,, "Tampa Bay Rays turn three-inning outburst into 19-6 win over Minnesota Twins," 14 July 2018 If the teams split the series, the team with the best aggregate score would advance. Jonas Shaffer,, "No. 2 seed Brigade open Arena Football League semifinal series at Philadelphia," 13 July 2018 On the unluckiest of nights, the South had little go its way as a pair of leads vanished and the potential score on its second offensive series slipped away with a fumble by Stevens on the North 3. Rich Torress, Indianapolis Star, "North extends winning streak to four in IFCA All-Star game," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There have been 23 goals scored in the 90th minute and second-half stoppage time so far in this World Cup, shattering the previous high of 14, set four years ago in Brazil. Steven Goff, Houston Chronicle, "FIFA president: World Cup could expand to 48 teams in 2022, ahead of schedule," 13 July 2018 Only three goals scored during that entire -- that entire semifinal. Fox News, "President Trump puts NATO on notice," 12 July 2018 The Economist and data analytics firm Opta recently did an analysis of all successful World Cup goals scored in penalty shootouts. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World Cup shootouts: why the team that goes first usually wins," 11 July 2018 The Serbian leads the team in goals scored with eight -along with Nemanja Nikolic- and notched three assists thus far in his first MLS season. Juan Pimiento,, "Chicago Fire secure midfielder Katai on a permanent transfer," 11 July 2018 Here is every goal scored in the 2018 World Cup, ordered from best to worst. Tom Philip, GQ, "Every Goal From the 2018 World Cup, Ranked," 2 July 2018 Because Japan and Senegal had the same number of points, goal differential and goals scored in all group matches, the next tie-breaker to win the group was a point system made up of the number of yellow and red cards earned. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "6 better tiebreakers FIFA should use at the World Cup," 28 June 2018 Both Japan and Senegal finished the group phase with four points, had the same goal difference and the same amount of goals scored. Pan Pylas,, "Playing nice gets Japan through to World Cup knockout round," 28 June 2018 The Phillies scored their lone run of the game in the second inning, when Aaron Altherr doubled home Kingery. Matthew Defranks,, "Wei-Yin Chen dominant again at home, but Marlins lose to Phillies," 14 July 2018

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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

: 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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