\ 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

The final score was 6-3 6-0, and the match lasted just over an hour. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff’s Post-Match Moment Shows Sportsmanship Is Well and Alive," 1 Sep. 2019 Aragon’s only score was on a 5-yard pass from Jake Willerup to Daren Randolph. The Mercury News, "High school football roundup: Around the Bay," 31 Aug. 2019 The only reason this score is close is because the defense was handed a tough spot after two turnovers within Michigan territory. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football observations: Offense looks good vs. Middle Tennessee State," 31 Aug. 2019 But Sandler, as a New York jeweler with a rare black opal, no impulse control, and a lot of very bad men after him, is fantastic, and so is the score, by Daniel Lopatin. Joey Nolfi,, "Judy, Uncut Gems, Ford v Ferrari reviews stoke Oscar fire at Telluride," 31 Aug. 2019 Two scores were enough for the Red Devils (1-0) against Naperville Central (0-1), who came into the game with the makings of a strong passing attack. Patrick Kelly,, "Hinsdale Central shuts down Naperville Central in coach Brian Griffin’s debut," 31 Aug. 2019 Madden’s score was the fifth lead change of the game, enabling Deer Park to capture its first season-opening assignment since the 2015 campaign. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park opens new campaign by surprising Port Arthur Memorial 25-20," 31 Aug. 2019 The score was 21-0 at halftime and Desert Mountain relied heavily on its ground game behind senior running back Bret Narveson (15 carries, 77 yards). Danny Shapiro, azcentral, "Arizona high school football Week 2: Game results from around the Valley," 30 Aug. 2019 What will transpire will be whoever's coefficient score is highest, will resume their place in the group that fits them., "Arsenal's Best & Worst Case Scenarios Ahead of 2019/20 Europa League Group Stage Draw," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Briana Bush, a Manchester Valley grad, led the county in scoring with 27 points, and the opportunity for fresh faces to emerge as some of Carroll’s top talent is up for grabs. Megan Woodward,, "Fall Sports Previews: 3 things to watch for girls soccer in 2019," 4 Sep. 2019 Keller, 21, led the Coyotes in scoring last year with 14 goals and 33 assists . . ., "Puerto Rico advances to second round of basketball World Cup," 4 Sep. 2019 Bullitt East junior quarterback Aeron Adams has rushed for 277 yards and five touchdowns and also passed for 252 yards and two scores, leading an offense that is averaging 38 points per game after scoring just 13 points per game last year. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "It's a Male vs. St. Xavier matchup this week! See the top 5 high school games to watch," 3 Sep. 2019 After scoring 16 runs in their previous game, the Dodgers (91-50) couldn’t figure out Chi Chi Gonzalez for six innings. Los Angeles Times, "Julio Urias helps deliver a Dodgers win in first start since suspension," 3 Sep. 2019 Power forward Georgios Printezis led Greece in scoring with his 20 points in 25 minutes. Charlotte Carroll,, "Brazil Takes Down Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece in Crazy Finish at FIBA World Cup," 3 Sep. 2019 The offense has also been productive, with Prosper Kasim and JJ Williams leading the teams in scoring with five goals each. Cheryl Wray, al, "Can Legion FC extend unbeaten streak?," 3 Sep. 2019 Clearly, an Oregon State defense ranked second to last among FBS schools in scoring defense and total defense last season still has a long way to go. Gary Horowitz For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Neither Oregon State’s defense nor an elevator malfunction can stop Oklahoma State’s offense," 31 Aug. 2019 LoBue was second after scoring 433.65, his best performance of the season. Gary Curreri,, "Cooper City man finishes 2nd in world cliff diving finals," 30 Aug. 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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