score

1 of 2

noun

plural scores
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
2
a
: 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
3
a
: an account or reckoning originally kept by making marks on a tally
b
: amount due : indebtedness
4
: grudge
a score to settle
5
a
: reason, ground
was accepted on the score of high academic achievement
b
: subject, topic
has nothing to say on that score
6
a
: 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
7
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

scored; scoring

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
4
a(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 drugsPoitor Koper
(3)
: win sense 1
scored free tickets over the radio
5
: to determine the merit of : grade
6
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
scorer noun
Phrases
score points
: to gain favor, status, or advantage

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?
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The scores most commonly used by mortgage lenders come from FICO. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 Rescue effort continues in massive Taiwan earthquake Rescuers in Taiwan continue to comb through the rubble Thursday to find scores of people missing or trapped by a massive earthquake, while experts say a slew of aftershocks could make the search and rescue even more dangerous. USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 According to state law, permits are immediately revoked if a restaurant receives a score of less than 70 percent. Evan Moore, Charlotte Observer, 4 Apr. 2024 With a 0-0 score, the game went into penalty kicks and Wolfforth secured a 4-3 victory. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 Apr. 2024 Youngkin criticized the current accreditation system when only a few schools had lost their good standing in accreditation even as students’ scores on statewide assessments were still lagging behind pre-pandemic figures. Karina Elwood, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 Shohei Ohtani focused on swing after quiet, yet productive, opening week with Dodgers Dodgers box score MLB scores Advertisement MLB standings Enjoying this newsletter? Austin Knoblauch, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Ashley Wallen choreographs with a score by Torin Borrowdale. Selome Hailu, Variety, 2 Apr. 2024 Adults across all ages in the nation reported lower scores, but the youth appeared to be most dejected. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2024
Verb
In late November 2023, he was cleared by his doctors to play basketball again and scored his first points for USC in December. Thomas Schlachter, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 The Rapids are 2-2-2 and coming off a 3-2 upset win over Los Angeles FC last week as new signing Djordje Mihailovic scored his first two goals for Colorado late in the game. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 5 Apr. 2024 Adrian Kempe and Akil Thomas scored for the Kings (40-25-11) at the 10:55 and 11:13 marks, respectively, in the first period as Sharks goalie Mackenzie Blackwood finished with 25 saves. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 The posters will be signed by Glazer, Wilson and composer Mica Levi, who scored both films. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 Later that evening, Florian Wirtz scored Germany’s fastest ever international goal as his team claimed a 2-0 victory against France in Lyon, taking just a second longer than Baumgartner to find the back of the net. Issy Ronald, CNN, 24 Mar. 2024 Smith scored power-play goals at the 5:46 and 8:37 marks of the first period as the Golden Eagles took an early 2-0 lead. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 24 Mar. 2024 Westwood ripped a shot from 19 yards out for the lead, and Agyemang scored from the left side of the box. Observer Wire Reports, Charlotte Observer, 24 Mar. 2024 All seven goals have been scored by different players. Daniel Sperry, Kansas City Star, 24 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Score.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/score. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

score

1 of 2 noun
ˈskō(ə)r How to pronounce score (audio)
ˈskȯ(ə)r
plural scores
1
or plural score
a
: twenty
b
: a group of 20 things
often used in combination with a cardinal number
fivescore
2
: a line made with or as if with a sharp instrument
3
: a duty or injury kept in mind for later action
had some old scores to settle
4
: reason entry 1 sense 1b, ground
you have nothing to worry about on that score
5
: the complete written music showing all of the individual parts of a large piece (as a symphony)
6
a
: a number expressing accomplishment (as in a game or a test) or worth (as of a product)
had a score of 80 out of a possible 100
b
: a record of points made by competing teams or players
the final score was 4–3
c
: an act (as a goal, run, or touchdown) that gains points in any of various games or contests
7
: the facts of a situation
we won't know what the score is until the laboratory results are in
scoreless
-ləs
adjective

score

2 of 2 verb
scored; scoring
1
a
: to set down in an account : record
b
: to keep score in a game or contest
2
: to mark with lines, grooves, scratches, or notches
3
4
a
: to make or cause to make a score in or as if in a game : tally
score a run
b
: achieve sense 2, win
scored a big success
5
6
: to arrange (a musical composition) for performance
scorer noun

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