\ 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

Nya Minott had her personal best score in finishing second and Georgia Riley took third place. Randy Mcroberts,, "Aberdeen dive team beats Crofton for second win," 8 July 2019 The average of those numbers was their final score. Alexis Potter, azcentral, "Arizona is one of the best states to start a business, report says," 8 July 2019 Then in the second inning, the team took advantage of three Pasadena errors for its first score. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Outfielders preserve Friendswood White’s one victory at Pinto Region Tournament," 8 July 2019 His lone special teams score was a 92-yard kick return in his 7-touchdown, 437 all-purpose-yard performance in the season-opener against Centerville. Shelby Dermer,, "Cincinnati's Mr. Football curse: Will 2019 be the year it comes to an end?," 8 July 2019 Their scores were not far apart, and only a few times did the XPS 13 surpass the Black Edition in a significant way. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Dell Inspiron 13 7000 review: Premium and practical all in one," 6 July 2019 This ensured Riyad Mahrez and co. kept up their 100% record, with that tie to Guinea to look forward to, after ex-Leicester and Newcastle forward Islam Slimani notched his first score of the tournament., "Africa Cup of Nations Group Stage Roundup: Benin Seal First Ever Knockout Spot as Ghana Top Group F," 3 July 2019 Moderators get better access to Facebook’s hate policy experts, which can help them improve their scores. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A conservative audit of Facebook’s speech policies is running behind schedule," 3 July 2019 Police pored over his score of the St. Matthew Passion, believing that its markings contained a secret code. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The “Star-Spangled Banner” Controversy That Altered the Course of American Music," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

New Mexico won’t be able to counter with Kevaughn Frater, who has scored four Open Cup goals but is suspended due to yellow-card accumulation. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "U.S. Open Cup: Minnesota United won’t hold back against USL side," 9 July 2019 This alarming statistic does not even hint at a big-game striker who scores clutch goals in key matches., "Romelu Lukaku: Why Inter Should Steer Clear of the Belgian Forward This Summer," 9 July 2019 Midfielder Rose Lavelle, who scored the second goal in the World Cup final, said that while national team players have higher pay, some of her club teammates need to coach on the side to make ends meet. Washington Post, "Women’s league seeks more fans, sponsors after US title," 9 July 2019 The goals came from Megan Rapinoe, who was named the tournament MVP, on a penalty kick in the 61st minute and from Rose Lavelle, who scored in the 69th minute. Houston Mitchell,, "The Sports Report: Maybe the U.S. women should be paid more than the men," 8 July 2019 Midfielder Rose Lavelle, who scored the second goal Sunday and was voted the third-best player in the tournament, will report back to the Washington Spirit, along with forward Mallory Pugh. Steven Goff,, "USWNT will celebrate and be celebrated - and then it’s back to work," 8 July 2019 The former was a reference to forward Tobin Heath and co-captain Megan Rapinoe, who scored the Americans’ first goal of the title match and won the tournament’s Golden Ball for best player and the Golden Boot for top scorer. Patrick M. O'connell,, "Chicago fans cheer for World Cup champs and equal pay for women," 7 July 2019 That tied the game and the Astros wound up on top thanks to a leadoff double in the 10th by Josh Reddick, who scored on George Springer's single to right field. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Astros rally to walkoff win over Angels in a wild one," 7 July 2019 The Dodgers, who scored six runs in 4 1/3 innings against Paddack on May 14, got their first hit off the rookie Saturday with two outs in the fourth inning and loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Homers by Renfroe, Margot lift Padres past Dodgers in Paddack’s revenge," 7 July 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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