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score

verb uk   /skɔːr/ us    /skɔːr/

score verb (WIN)

B1 [I or T] to win or get a point, goal, etc. in a competition, sport, game, or exam: Tennant scored (a goal) in the last minute of the match. In American football, a touchdown scores (= is worth) six points. She scored 18 out of 20 in the spelling test.Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated [I or T] to succeed in an activity or to achieve something: She has certainly scored (a success) with her latest novel. Nearly every bomb scored a hit. You have a lot of patience - that's where you score over (= are better than) your opponents.Succeeding, achieving and fulfilling [I] UK to record the number of points won by competitors: We need someone to score for tomorrow's match.Refereeing and judging in sport

score verb (GET)

[T] US informal to get something: I managed to score a couple of tickets to the World Cup final.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things [I or T] slang to get illegal drugs: She tried to score some dope in a nightclub.Drugs - general wordsSpecific types of drug [I] slang to have sex with someone that you have usually just met: Did you score last night, then?Sexual intercourse

score verb (MARK)

[T] to make a mark or cut on the surface of something hard with a pointed tool, or to draw a line through writing: If you score the tile first, it will be easier to break.
See also
Cutting and stabbingDeleting writing

score verb (MUSICAL TEXT)

[T] to write or change a piece of music for particular instruments or voices: This piece is scored for strings and woodwind.Technical music terms
Phrasal verbs

score

noun uk   /skɔːr/ us    /skɔːr/

score noun (WIN)

B1 [C] (plural scores) the number of points, goals, etc. achieved in a game or competition: a high/low score Have you heard the latest cricket score? At half time, the score stood at (= was) two all. The final score was 3–0. Could you keep (= record) the score at this afternoon's match?General terms used in ball sports

score noun (MUSIC)

[C] (plural scores) a piece of written music showing the parts for all the instruments and voices: an orchestral scoreTechnical music terms [C] (plural scores) the music written for a film, play, etc.: a film score Rodgers wrote the score for/of/to 'Oklahoma!'.Technical music terms

score noun (ARGUMENT)

[C] (plural scores) an argument or disagreement that has existed for a long time: It's time these old scores were forgotten.Arguments and disagreements

score noun (TWENTY)

[C usually singular] (plural score) formal 20 or approximately 20: He lived to be three score years and ten (= until he was 70 years old).Groups of things according to number by the score formal in large numbers: People are leaving the Nationalist Party by the score.Large in number or quantity scores [plural] a lot of things or people: Benjamin received cards from scores of local well-wishers.Masses and large amounts of things

score noun (SUBJECT JUST MENTIONED)

on this/that score C2 about the thing or subject that has just been mentioned: I'll let you have the money, so there's nothing to worry about on that score. "The team has great determination to win," declared the coach. "I've no doubts on that score."Topics and areas of interest
(Definition of score from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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