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

Whether the rule prompts coaches to stop running up the score is another story, says basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "College Basketball Says Goodbye to the RPI, Hello NET," 14 Feb. 2019 There’s a new set of rules and a constantly changing table, which ensure your quest for a high score will be ongoing. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 8 best games for your new iPhone, iPad, or Android phone," 26 Dec. 2018 USA Today adds that that score was her highest since returning to competition after a year layoff. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Simone Biles Just Dominated the World Championship Qualifiers—After a Trip to the ER," 27 Oct. 2018 The site also proudly shares that the average class size is 16 students; the average boy's SAT score is 1386; and students come from 14 states and 19 countries in total. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Brett Kavanaugh's High School, Georgetown Prep," 27 Sep. 2018 By comparison, tetradotoxin’s LD50 score is 10,000 ng/kg when ingested, its most common pathway. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Poison," 25 Sep. 2018 But the score is rich at every turn, blending the rigor of symphonic music with Broadway idioms and vernacular of Latin American style and jazz. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "The Trouble With Bernstein’s Broadway in the Concert Hall," 13 July 2018 That demo score was enough to tie it as No. 1 at 9 o’clock, matching Fox’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back and NBC’s America’s Got Talent encore. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "TV Ratings: Kevin Hart's 'TKO' Is Only 'OK' for CBS," 12 July 2018 With the game’s score tied as of this story’s publish, chances are high there will only be more beer spilled as English — and Croatian — fans continue to root avidly for their country’s success on the World Cup stage. Raisa Bruner, Time, "English Soccer Fans Already Wasted a Lot of of Beer Before Winning the World Cup Semifinals," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Grant has scored several Hollywood roles throughout the 2010s. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Richard E. Grant's Oscar Nomination Is Long Overdue," 24 Feb. 2019 In scoring, at least. While the debate will rage forever about which player is better, James will soon have scored more points than Jordan. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "The NBA playoff push starts now with All-Star break ending," 20 Feb. 2019 Of the 5,268 goals as of Monday, 76% have been scored at even strength. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "NHL’s Comeback: Loads of Goals and Surprises," 13 Feb. 2019 The fiery young redhead has consistently scored parts in blockbusters like Blended with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler and on TV shows such as Red Band Society. Maxwell Losgar, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne's Fashion Transformation," 9 Oct. 2018

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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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