\ 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 numberfourscore
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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Rifle easily put away Moffat County by a score of 41-6 on Friday. Hero Sports, The Denver Post, "Rifle prevails in triumphant victory over Moffat County," 11 Nov. 2019 An interception by Joseph Kinyock set up the final score of the game as John Zolacha snuck in with 49 seconds remaining. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Playoff-bound Mayde Creek powers past Morton Ranch," 8 Nov. 2019 With a score of 118–112, the Lakers beat the Bulls during Tuesday night’s matchup. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "LeBron James Calls Out Heckler Fan as He Sets Triple-Double Milestone During Chicago Game," 7 Nov. 2019 That year, the Tigers topped the Crimson Tide in the regular season on Nov. 5, by a score of 9-6. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "When is the last time LSU beat Alabama in football?," 5 Nov. 2019 The Dragons defeated Oxford College of Emory University by a score of 2-0 on Saturday, Nov. 2 for the title., "Howard Community College Notebook: Women’s soccer team wins regional title, cross country places at nationals," 5 Nov. 2019 Most of the rallies didn't pan out Sunday as scores of riot police took positions, searching and arresting people, dispersing crowds and blocking access to a park next to the office of the city's embattled leader, Carrie Lam. Fox News, "Man subdued after biting off ear of pro-democracy politician, stabbing four in Hong Kong mall," 4 Nov. 2019 And the scores of free cybersecurity offerings that have cropped up from tech companies to fill the void ultimately can't substitute for those resource-intensive projects. Wired, "Free Tools Boost 2020 Election Security, But Not Enough," 3 Nov. 2019 Two nursing homes have overall scores of five stars, indicating the best possible performance. Laura Garcia,, "Consumer alert: Five nursing homes in San Antonio flagged for instances of abuse, neglect," 1 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With Sanders, who is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday after exiting with a rib injury, the 49ers had 108 yards and scored on their first two possession to take a 10-0 lead. Eric Branch,, "For 49ers, which was worse Monday night: Garoppolo or his supporting cast?," 12 Nov. 2019 The school report cards look at how well students scored on the Illinois Assessment of Readiness test in areas of English-language arts (ELA) and math, and on the Illinois Science Assessment. Jennifer Johnson,, "Two District 64 schools receive ‘exemplary’ rating on new state report card," 12 Nov. 2019 Durham said after scoring 18 points against Portland State on Saturday. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Where will IU's guard scoring come from? Exhibit A: 'self-made' Al Durham," 11 Nov. 2019 After Aiyuk scored on a two-yard reception from quarterback Joey Yellen to pull ASU within 28-20 early in the third quarter, the receiver gave high-fives to a couple of fans behind a fence in the Arizona State end zone. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona State football: Brandon Aiyuk unsportsmanlike penalty draws ire of pundits, fans," 11 Nov. 2019 The junior running back scored on two rushing touchdowns, including 43-yarder, in the Hawks’ 33-14 loss to New Port Richey Mitchell on the road in the Class 7A regional game. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Playoff top performers: Freshman quarterback leads Western to first-round win over South Dade," 11 Nov. 2019 In the 28th minute, the two switched with Press scoring on an assist from Lloyd. Ben Ferree, Pro Soccer USA, "Vlatko Andonovski taking positives from up-and-down USWNT debut: ‘I’m glad we handled it the way we did’," 10 Nov. 2019 Mount Saint Joseph made it 21-0 midway through the third quarter when Wax scored on a 2-yard run. Jeff Seidel,, "Mount Saint Joseph football starts fast, overwhelms Calvert Hall, 35-0, to advance to MIAA A title game," 9 Nov. 2019 Noah Baldez led a balance scoring attack by the Bears with 14 points and Justin Kane led the rebounding effort with nine. Author: Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, "Led by Bevens, sharp-shooting Seawolves sink Coast Guard," 9 Nov. 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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The first known use of score was in the 14th century

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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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