\ 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

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 Defense took over in the second quarter, as both teams surrendered just one goal to put the score at 7-4 heading into the break. Adam Fornwalt,, "Harford Community College men’s lacrosse team wins Region 20 championship," 3 May 2021 The Ams were outshot 27-12 over the last 40 minutes but did just enough to keep the Winterhawks from tying the score. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, "Slow start costs Winterhawks in 3-2 loss to Tri-City," 2 May 2021 Redshirt junior Cheyenne Sprecher made two of her three saves in the game in the third quarter to keep the Cardinals from adding to the score. Staff Reports,, "Regional Digest: No. 3 Louisville holds off UConn in NCAA field hockey quarterfinals," 2 May 2021 GM Chris Ballard gets a good baseline score for addressing all the most pressing needs across the board, starting with a nice youthful burst of pass-rushing juice. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "What NFL Draft experts are saying about the Indianapolis Colts 2021 draft picks," 2 May 2021 And when Brady left town to join the Buccaneers, Brady and Belichick’s first season apart spawned a whole new brand of keeping score, pitting the two former BFFs against each other., "Bill Belichick and the Patriots have always kept an eye on the future. Now, that future is Mac Jones," 2 May 2021 In the extra period, Gay knotted the score a final time with a swooping layup with 19.1 seconds remaining. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "The triple take: 76ers 113, Spurs 111 (OT)," 2 May 2021 Zac McGraw’s diving header went on the wrong side of the post for the Timbers and the score stayed at 3-0. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "FC Dallas earns first win of the season in style with 4-1 thumping of Portland Timbers," 2 May 2021 As part of the selection process, applicants received a score based on their alma mater. New York Times, "Andrew Yang Promised to Create 100,000 Jobs. He Ended Up With 150.," 1 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, Racing could not score itself, and the game ended in a 0-0 tie. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Racing Louisville FC ends Challenge Cup with 0-0 tie to Gotham FC, Carli Lloyd," 2 May 2021 Dureau did score two on the power play, and Knak and Newkirk combined for one goal, but there was never any sustained pressure. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, "Late Davidson goal gives Thunderbirds a 5-4 win," 2 May 2021 Alton and Aneesa score their last point and win the elimination, sending both Syrus and Beth home in no time at all. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: All Stars recap: Double elimination twist knocks out two favorites," 30 Apr. 2021 With bipartisan support and by embedding fatherhood programming in the administration's child poverty strategy, Biden can score an early, easy, unifying victory and help take decisive action towards ending the scourge of child poverty. Jessica Seinfeld, CNN, "We are leaving fathers out of this important discussion," 30 Apr. 2021 English language learners, whose families come from all over the world, typically score low in statewide testing. al, "Alabama district sees ‘overwhelming’ need for English language summer camp," 28 Apr. 2021 Members can also score a box of four 8-ounce flat iron steaks for $35.53, nearly 20% off of its usual price of $44. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, "Get 43% off high-quality meat from Crowd Cow with one of our favorite meat delivery services," 27 Apr. 2021 Using a paring knife, lightly score a 1/2-inch border on each side of the pastry. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The freedom, and serenity, in using prepared artichokes," 26 Apr. 2021 The point guard can score in a variety of crafty ways and is an elite defender., "Knicks’ position in playoff conversation a stunning development," 24 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Score.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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