score

noun
\ 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

score

verb
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

Verb

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

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

Changing any of the school’s specific requirements risks changing its broader goal and results that have included test scores higher than nearby traditional public schools, the judge summarized the board as contending. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "US judge: School’s rule for girls to wear skirts breaks law," 29 Mar. 2019 Freezing your credit is free; prevents anyone from opening a new account, loan, or credit card in your name; and doesn't damage your credit score. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Marriott Data Breach: What to Do If You've Been Affected," 30 Nov. 2018 Two years later, another battery of neuropsychological tests revealed his scores had improved. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Przybylski, who won the event in 2013 and 2015, appears to be in good position to chase his record score of 136 set in 2015. Steve Millar, Naperville Sun, "Watch the birdies: Frankfort’s Glenn Przybylski takes first-round lead in Naperville Men’s City Championship," 14 July 2018 Millennials feel they’re being held back...by their credit score that is. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Credit card holders at JPMorgan rush to cash in their rewards points," 13 July 2018 Her all-time high score in bowling is a very respectable 150. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin graphic designer named finalist in bowling shoe makeover contest," 11 July 2018 There's nary a believable moment, emotionally or otherwise, in No Postage Necessary, which also suffers from its overly treacly musical score composed by Closshey. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'No Postage Necessary': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Hitchcock’s frequent composer, supplied the score. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Larry Cohen, director of cult horror films, dies at 77," 25 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In one unsavory incident, England winger Raheem Sterling cupped his ears after scoring England’s fifth goal and Montenegro fans responded with jeers before an object — reportedly a lighter — was thrown onto the field. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "PM May wants ‘swift action’ on racial abuse of England stars," 26 Mar. 2019 Harry's friend and polo star Nacho Figueras was the captain of the Sentebale St. Regis team, and scored the final goal to win the polo cup in the end. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Almost Hit Photographers With a Polo Ball During Sentebale Match," 27 July 2018 Miscellany: Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored six goals in his last four matches and 11 total in his 14 games . . . BostonGlobe.com, "Galaxy vs. Revolution," 14 July 2018 Ledesma scored four goals and added one assist in June. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati's Emmanuel Ledesma named USL Player of the Month for June," 12 July 2018 Gaga scored the ultimate accessory to complete the look: a Tiffany diamond whose legendary fancy yellow stone was first discovered in 1877 and has led a storied life since. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Just Brought 128 Carats Worth of Bling to the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 Drake also scored big with nominations for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year, in addition to the rap categories. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Grammy Nominations 2019: The Full List," 7 Dec. 2018 His company scored a tax windfall of $670 million in just one quarter, and with a net worth that runs into the many billions of dollars, the estate tax repeal — the one policy goal Ryan actually achieved — will earn his heirs a ton of money. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Paul Ryan is leaving Congress in the most fitting way possible," 30 Nov. 2018 Gutheinz has scored commercials, films, TV shows, and documentaries. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Why Does Every Tech Ad Use the Same Song? Because of This Man.," 26 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of score

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for score

Noun

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

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score

noun

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

score

verb

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

score

noun
\ 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

score

verb
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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