\ 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 The program learned to play through experimentation and feedback from the pixels and the game score. Will Knight, Wired, "Gamemakers Inject AI to Develop More Lifelike Characters," 27 May 2020 While the Cardinals were keeping a close eye on the scores during the drive back from Louisiana, John often tried to avert his eyes. Greg Luca,, "UIW golfer overcame heavy heart to make first step toward professional dream," 23 May 2020 In 3DMark Time Spy, the final score went from 5,945 with SmartShift off to 6,650 with SmartShift on. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "The Dell G5 15 SE features Ryzen, Radeon and Smart Shift's 'free performance'," 22 May 2020 So did the many scores of volunteers lending a hand. Leanne Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, "When the outside is out of reach, why not look within?," 22 May 2020 The lowest score in the study was a 4, denoting hospitalization, but no need for extra oxygen. Matthew Herper, STAT, "Covid-19 study details benefits of treatment with remdesivir, and also its limitations," 22 May 2020 To contrast the dark events of the show, the musical score is usually pulled from the '50s, '60s, or '80s. Martha Sorren,, "The Dead To Me Soundtrack Is Delightfully On The Nose," 12 May 2020 Many educators and parents are concerned that there are too many of them and that the scores are misused. James D. Kirylo, The Conversation, "Skipping standardized tests in 2020 may offer a chance to find better alternatives," 6 May 2020 Now standardized tests across the nation are canceled, and many colleges are ignoring the scores altogether. Todd Rose, Time, "Don't Commit to a College This Year Just Because You're on Deadline. You Have More Control Than You Think," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Eagles set a pool record with a time of 6:36.42, earning key points as Emory scored 1595.5 overall to hold off the University of Chicago by 16.5. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Houston ISD, Spring Branch ISD swimming alumni named All-American," 12 May 2020 But there is a way to help them through layoffs and score a deal for yourself, as well. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "An Ace Hotel Gift Card Is a Win-Win Purchase," 12 May 2020 All four games are decided by one goal, the winners scored by Yvan Cournoyer, Serge Savard, Bobby Rousseau and Jean-Claude Tremblay. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "Day in sports: Sandy Koufax pitches the second of his four no-hitters," 11 May 2020 Democrats did score a series of damaging revelations during their investigation last year. Billy House,, "Trump Set for Acquittal With Democrats Second-Guessing Strategy," 10 May 2020 In a statement about the trial released on Feb. 24, the National Institutes of Health said that outcomes at day 15 of treatment were being scored on a seven-point scale ranging from fully recovered to death. Fox News, "Gilead updates remdesivir supply status after emergency FDA approval," 8 May 2020 The three-time first-team All-American shortstop needed eight more runs to break the national record for career runs scored when her high school career ended. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "New youth select softball league plans to start as soon as fields are available — possibly in early June," 5 May 2020 The system also scored far better than the previous champion chatbot, a system called Meena, created earlier this year by Google. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A.I. engineers should spend time training not just algorithms, but also the humans who use them," 5 May 2020 The city more closely monitored nursing homes that scored between 0 and 1 on the Medicare rating system. ProPublica, "Texas Still Won’t Say Which Nursing Homes Have COVID-19 Cases. Families Are Demanding Answers.," 3 May 2020

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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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30 May 2020

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“Score.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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