Score - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |skɔːr|  American pronunciation of the word score
Brit.  |skɔː|  British pronunciation of the word score


- a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance) (syn: grade, mark)
what was your score on your homework?
- a written form of a musical composition; parts for different instruments appear on separate staves on large pages
he studied the score of the sonata
- a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
the score was 7 to 0
- a set of twenty members
a score were sent out but only one returned
- grounds (syn: account)
he tried to blame the victim but his success on that score was doubtful
- the facts about an actual situation
he didn't know the score
- an amount due (as at a restaurant or bar)
add it to my score and I'll settle later
- a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally) (syn: scotch)
- a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation (syn: grievance, grudge)
settling a score
- the act of scoring in a game or sport
the winning score came with less than a minute left to play
- a seduction culminating in sexual intercourse
calling his seduction of the girl a 'score' was a typical example of male slang


- gain points in a game (syn: hit, tally)
The home team scored many times
- make small marks into the surface of (syn: mark, nock)
score the clay before firing it
- make underscoring marks (syn: mark)
- write a musical score for
- induce to have sex (syn: make, seduce)
Did you score last night?
- get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance
She scored high on the SAT
He scored a 200
- assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation (syn: grade, mark)
score the SAT essays

Extra examples

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?

When they robbed me, I had about a score on me.

They scored five points against the visiting team.

She scored ten points for her team.

It's not difficult to score off Jim in an argument.

A new performance scored a great success.

Score up a debt to Tom.

The piece is scored for piano, strings, and drums.

At half-time the score was one-all.

Phrasal verbs

score out  — remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

Word forms

I/you/we/they: score
he/she/it: scores
present participle: scoring
past tense: scored
past participle: scored
singular: score
plural: scores
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