\ 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

down [chiefly British], grievance, grudge, resentment

Synonyms: Verb

groove, scribe, seam

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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

Film scores by such composers as Elmer Bernstein, Klaus Badelt, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams will celebrate Indiana Jones, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and other heroes. Myrna Petlicki,, "Park Ridge free summer concert series kicks off," 10 June 2019 The Americans were battered in their new-look system on Sunday, although the 3-0 final score appears more lopsided than the match actually was after a relative second-half resurgence by the U.S. Patrick Brennan,, "USMNT takeaways: FC Cincinnati, U.S. men's national team have plenty in common," 10 June 2019 The characteristically intricate musical score by Davis draws from R&B, funk and hip-hop, as well as contemporary classical music and jazz. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Donald Trump, opera star? Maybe so, in Anthony Davis’ ‘Central Park Five’," 9 June 2019 The difference between the two teams is huge, and this seems like one of those games which could end up looking more like a cricket score., "Women's World Cup - Matchday 5 Preview: How to Watch, Live Stream, Team News & More," 9 June 2019 Energage also determines special award winners based on standout scores on specific survey topics. Bob Helbig, Indianapolis Star, "Top Workplaces 2019: About our survey of Central Indiana companies," 8 June 2019 Canion finished the year with 649 yards and nine touchdowns, including a 71-yard score in the state title game. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Chaminade-Madonna receiver Elijah Canion commits to the Auburn Tigers," 8 June 2019 But Vanderbilt in 2013 (7-4 score), Kennesaw State in 2014 (12-7) and Kentucky in 2017 (11-4) each played Louisville a lot closer than East Carolina did. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Why might this College World Series be different for Louisville baseball?," 8 June 2019 After years or revisions, scores of contentious meetings, an outside mediator and the abandonment of talks by half of the stakeholders, Oregon wildlife commissioners approved the state’s long-overdue Wolf Management Plan on Friday., "Oregon wildlife commissioners adopt hotly contested wolf management plan," 7 June 2019

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Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s Mallory Pugh, Lindsay Horan score in U.S. women’s national team’s rout of Thailand in FIFA Women’s World Cup," 11 June 2019 Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored. Anne M. Peterson, Anchorage Daily News, "US women open World Cup defense with record-setting 13-0 rout of Thailand," 11 June 2019 Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Sam Mewis, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored, sealing the record-breaking victory. Glamour, "The USWNT Score Just Broke the Record for Biggest Win in World Cup History," 11 June 2019 Breaking Bad vet Bryan Cranston also scored his second Tony Award for Network. Jessica Derschowitz,, "Tony Awards 2019: See the full list of winners," 9 June 2019 Mendoza came to bat with two outs and a runner in scoring position. Brody Miller,, "‘Devastated’ and teary-eyed, LSU ends expectation-filled season shy of Omaha goals," 9 June 2019 Eugénie Le Sommer and Amandine Henry also scored on a cool, windy night at Parc des Princes, the home of Paris Saint-Germain. Anne M. Peterson,, "France opens World Cup with a 4-0 win over South Korea," 7 June 2019 Also scoring in the individual events at the state meet for Dulaney were Adam Madro in pole vault (second, 14-6), Abdur Henley in 110 hurdles (fourth, 15:16), Jonathan Kim in discus (fifth, 139-5) and Josh Holloway in high jump (seventh, 6-0). Jeff Seidel,, "A look back at the postseason track highlights for athletes at Dulaney, Towson, Carver A & T and Loch Raven," 7 June 2019 Aya Miyama and Homare Sawa scored for the Japanese in regulation while Miyama, Mizuho Sakaguchi and Saki Kumagai converted on penalty kicks. Morgan Turner,, "Past Women's World Cup Champions," 7 June 2019

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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


\ 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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