\ 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

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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Blanc’s dance was created during a time of longing to be free from isolation, and Bosso, who died in 2020 at age 48 after a long battle with a neurological disease, brings that poignant urgency to the score. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 Ethan Matsuoka and Michael Miller both hit RBI singles to add to the score. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2022 Jordan scored from second to cut Georgia Southern’s lead to 2-1, a score that stood until the seventh. Creg Stephenson |, al, 22 Apr. 2022 The show, set to the movie’s iconic score, features more than two dozen film-accurate, life-size, realistic-looking animatronic dinosaurs including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a 40-foot Tyrannosaurus rex. cleveland, 19 Apr. 2022 Usually, the first thing said about the performance would be about the sheer exhilaration that Dudamel, the orchestra and a mostly first-rate cast brought to Beethoven’s score. Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 The Utes felt a little pressure in their uneven bars set Thursday, leading them to a season-low score of 49.2125. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 Two batters later, Whit Merrifield ripped an RBI single on Mize's first-pitch slider to even the score at 2-all. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 15 Apr. 2022 The game had been tied since Anthony Santander homered to even the score in the sixth, but the Orioles failed to capitalize on their other opportunities, finishing 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 8 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb True story: Someone asked me who would score the game winning goal in Game 2. Samantha Meese, oregonlive, 14 May 2022 The 7-foot Washington has the size needed at the position, but can also score in the paint. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2022 Like Hunger Games but with superheroes, these young supes are competing against each other to score hot contracts in the best cities. Nick Romano,, 9 May 2022 The right-hander got Daedrick Cail to ground out to end the inning, then came back out for the ninth after South Alabama failed to score in the bottom of the eighth. Creg Stephenson |, al, 8 May 2022 Kane is the 12th different player to score a playoff hat trick with the Oilers and the first since Connor McDavid in 2020. Joe Reedy, ajc, 7 May 2022 Acosta could become the first FCC player in club history to score in four consecutive matches with a goal at Allianz Stadium. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 6 May 2022 The Tigers had their best chance to score against Urquidy in the fifth inning, when singles from Barnhart and Akil Baddoo put runners on the corners for Robbie Grossman with two outs. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 6 May 2022 Holiday and Portis were the only other Bucks to score in the third quarter, netting four points apiece. Jim Owczarski, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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