\ 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 DeBrusk’s ripper of a snapshot 4:26 into the final frame tied the score, and set up Krejci for the winner with 7:42 to go. Matt Porter,, "Bruins finish up their work before leaving for vacation," 22 Jan. 2020 In one of the deadliest attacks in five years, ballistic missile and drone strikes exploded at the mosque of a military base where scores of soldiers were worshiping on Saturday. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "More than 100 soldiers killed by Iran-backed militia group in Yemen," 20 Jan. 2020 Senior guard Hope Sivori drew contact on a 3-point attempt in the final seconds which would have tied the score for Mercy, but didn't get the call and Butler came down with the rebound to end it. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Dynastee White's late free throws help Butler basketball hold off Mercy," 18 Jan. 2020 Julia Marino of Connecticut won the women’s competition with a score of 81.3. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s Ryan Stassel places 8th in the season’s first World Cup slopestyle competition," 18 Jan. 2020 Philadelphia won the season’s first two head-to-head meetings by scores of 109-104 and 101-95. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks odds, picks and best bets," 18 Jan. 2020 While there’s sure to be scores of fun Super Bowl spots for beer brands, snacks and beauty products, the question remains whether all the attention will be focused on Trump and Bloomberg’s pricey ad buys. NBC News, "Some Super Bowl advertisers concerned Trump, Bloomberg ads could steal their thunder," 18 Jan. 2020 The Migowi area has one of the country's highest rates of malaria, and a worn paper register in the clinic’s laboratory lists scores of cases. Lauran Neergaard, Fortune, "Groundbreaking malaria vaccine test underway in 3 African nations," 17 Jan. 2020 Hurts' 51-yard pass to CeeDee Lamb set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Kennedy Brooks that tied the score at 7-7. Arkansas Online, "Extraordinary Joe: LSU QB has half for ages," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Deonte Benejan scored 11 points, while Seth Wilson had 10. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 12 Lorain sinks No. 9 Cleveland Central Catholic on Aaron Whitehead’s half-court shot: Tuesday’s boys basketball scoreboard," 22 Jan. 2020 Karlberg scored 19 points on 5-of-10 field goal shooting (4 of 6 from 3-point range) and 5-of-5 free throw shooting while adding six rebounds and the seven assists. Anchorage Daily News, "Seawolves beat UAF men’s basketball team behind career-best nights from 4 players," 22 Jan. 2020 Dru Smith scored 18 points and Torrence Watson added 11. Hannah Hoffmeister, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M tops Missouri despite record free throws," 22 Jan. 2020 Making his first career NBA start, Luguentz Dort scored eight points for the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 112-107 win over James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Sun Devil vs. Sun Devil: Luguentz Dort impresses against James Harden in first NBA start," 21 Jan. 2020 Trevor Anderson scored only three points but added three assists. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin 82, Nebraska 68: Badgers take control by tightening screws on defense in second half," 21 Jan. 2020 Macke scored his first collegiate points Dec. 14 on two free throws coming from a technical foul. James Weber,, "WVU walk-on, Silver Grove grad Spencer Macke on SportsCenter after 1st collegiate basket," 21 Jan. 2020 Elliott scored 23 points with a 4-of-7 effort from downtown. Tom Orsborn,, "Spurs’ Derrick White did ‘everything’ in win over Suns," 21 Jan. 2020 The two teams have scored at least 26 points in each of their last four games. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Super Bowl LIV: San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs odds, picks and best bets," 21 Jan. 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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25 Jan 2020

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“Score.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 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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to assert without proof or before proving

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