\ 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

The final score was 271 to 267 after Bush v. Gore came down. Time, "The High-Risk Strategy That Could Hand Democrats the White House," 17 Sep. 2019 The 43-0 final score was indicative of both how much the Dolphins are struggling and how dominant the Patriots have been so far in the 2019 season. Hayden Bird,, "Tom Brady talks Antonio Brown, the kicking game, and the heat in Miami," 16 Sep. 2019 That score obviously would’ve been pretty important on the day Drew Brees went down. Albert Breer,, "Brees and Big Ben Concerns, the Ryan-Julio Hookup, Dak’s Magic and Poised Josh Allen: Week 2 in the NFL," 16 Sep. 2019 The score was 21-0 at halftime and 28-0 after the third quarter in the 28-12 loss. oregonlive, "Atlanta Falcons outlast the Philadelphia Eagles: Recap, score, stats and more," 15 Sep. 2019 An interception return or fumble return for a score on defense may be necessary. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Five keys for the Raiders against AFC West powerhouse Kansas City," 14 Sep. 2019 The score was 38-7 at intermission, with UCF amassing more than 400 yards in the first half. Matt Murschel,, "Dillon Gabriel leads No. 17 UCF to win over Stanford," 14 Sep. 2019 The score was close enough to suggest Valor — owners of three of the past four 5A titles — will not be cruising to another state championship. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Colorado Prep Football Rewind, Week 3: Green Mountain’s upset victory, Valor hangs on and going for the win," 14 Sep. 2019 To be able to go down there and score was a big deal. Rich Torres,, "FAU pushes through sloppy start, tops Ball State for first win," 14 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Portland has scored just four goals in the last five games. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers’ attack continues to struggle against bunkering opponents," 17 Sep. 2019 Bessemer City 24-19 Spain Park at Hewitt-Trussville Spain Park has scored a lot of points, but the problem is the Jags are giving up a lot of points, too. Josh Bean |, al, "Birmingham HS picks: Who wins Mountain Brook at Vestavia Hills showdown in Class 7A?," 17 Sep. 2019 Kenji Thomas and Randle Kelly have both scored twice. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Paetow football showing early improvement entering District 10-5A Division II," 17 Sep. 2019 The Broncos had just scored a touchdown to pull within 13-12 late in the fourth quarter. Colleen Kane,, "Buster Skrine was afraid he had lost the game for the Bears. ‘Thank God for Eddy, my guardian angel.’," 15 Sep. 2019 The Giants have scored eight runs in the past four games. Henry Schulman,, "Giants fall weakly again as one mistake costs Bumgarner a shot at milestone Oracle win," 14 Sep. 2019 In its first year, the company has already scored a partnership with Dormify, an online dorm decor retailer, and landed a contract to sell toppers to students across 900 universities nationwide. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Dorm mattresses are notoriously uncomfortable. His startup aims to change that," 12 Sep. 2019 Dudukovich has scored multiple goals in every game this season, including a five-goal performance in a victory over Kings on Aug. 24 and a hat trick against rival Lakota East on Sept. 5. Shelby Dermer,, "Lakota West's Kailyn Dudukovich: 'She makes very difficult things look very easy'," 12 Sep. 2019 The Browns had just scored to pull within 15-13 of the Titans. Dan Labbe,, "What happened on Derrick Henry’s 75-yard screen pass against the Browns?," 11 Sep. 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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