\ 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

In the southern town of Mastung, candidate Siraj Raisani and 127 others died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 The candidate, Siraj Raisani, died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally in Mastung, a town in southwestern Baluchistan province. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar,, "74 dead in election violence in Pakistan," 13 July 2018 In the southwestern Baluchistan town of Mastung, Siraj Raisani a candidate in the provincial Parliament, died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, USA TODAY, "At least 74 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 13 July 2018 The match, contested between two European nations, drew supporters from scores of others; your correspondent counted more flags from Latin American countries than Europe. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The World Cup is a victory for the immigrant dream," 12 July 2018 For every Max Scherzer — whose game score of 89 on May 30 against the Orioles was the fourth highest of anyone all season, but wasn't even his best — there's a Luis Cessa. Jon Meoli,, "The Orioles keep making opposing starters — even struggling Sonny Gray — look good," 12 July 2018 After a tremendous first-round card of 6-under-par 66 – which stood as the best score of the week on the La Costa Resort’s Legends Course – Appel dueled a former Junior World champion to the final putts on Thursday afternoon. Tod Leonard,, "Thai teem overcomes San Diegan in Junior World duel," 12 July 2018 The move has disappointed scores of West Ham supporters, who held the defender in high regard and would have loved to have seen the 21-year-old break into the first team at the London Stadium., "'Gutted' West Ham Fans React as Young Starlet Announces Departure From London Stadium," 11 July 2018 The glossary of 56 words and phrases courted criticism from scores of Greek Cypriot journalists and some political parties who saw it as a bid to stymie free speech and impose a vocabulary that skews historical facts. Fox News, "OSCE official defends journalists' glossary in split Cyprus," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Australia, the only other team to score against Les Bleus, did so with a penalty. John Leicester,, "Five reasons why France will win the World Cup final," 14 July 2018 Maybin was thrown out at home trying to score from first on Derek Dietrich’s sixth-inning double. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Philadelphia Phillies 2, Miami Marlins 0," 14 July 2018 Brook, a former Bloomfield Hills school board member, is a long shot, trying to score a win despite lacking funds and name recognition. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Andy Levin looks to take dad Sander Levin's seat in Congress," 13 July 2018 The Wolves did the bulk of their damage early, taking advantage of walks and errors to score two runs in each of the first two innings. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Comeback kids: Marcus Maristela and Kevin O’Brien help Grayslake Central reach regional championship game," 13 July 2018 The first member of the Carolina Panthers organization to score some points — figuratively, that is — under new owner David Tepper is the team’s longtime mascot, Sir Purr. Mike Reader, charlotteobserver, "‘You’re the best.’ The Panthers’ Sir Purr and his video really are, vote NFL mascots.," 13 July 2018 Against Argentina in the Round of 16, Mbappé — the son of a Cameroonian father and Algerian mother — became the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score two goals in a single World Cup match. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 Ultimate involves teams of seven players throwing a Frisbee down the field and trying to score by catching it in the end zone. Randy Tucker,, "Colombian ultimate Frisbee players headed to Cincinnati were kicked off Greyhound for speaking Spanish. Greyhound says otherwise.," 13 July 2018 The IronBirds had other chances to score, but weren’t as fruitful with those opportunities. Chris Jeter, The Aegis, "Back home, IronBirds snap losing skid with 6-1 win over Brooklyn," 12 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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