score

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score is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
score

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
score

Plural
scores

A piece of musical score
  1. The numbers used to tell who is winning in a sport or game.
    The final score for the ball game was 30 to 17.
  2. A copy of written music, usually for an orchestra. Usually, this means all the written music for a piece of music.
    I have the whole score for the Brandenburg Concertos.
  3. The results of a test or quiz.
    You must earn a score of at least 70 to pass the test.
  4. The number 20. This is an old meaning, people don't use score for this much any more.
    Four score and seven years ago.

Verb[change]

Plain form
score

Third-person singular
scores

Past tense
scored

Past participle
scored

Present participle
scoring

  1. To gain points in a game, so that your score is increased.
    The basketball player just scored three points!
  2. To get a specific result on a text or quiz.
    I scored a 95 on the test!
  3. (slang) To have sex.
  4. (slang) To get something.
    I scored some tickets to the game tonight.
  5. To make a groove in paper or cardboard.
    If you score the paper first, gently using a knife along the edge of a ruler, then you'll be able to fold it neatly and straight.