Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “score”

score

verb (WIN)    /skɔːr/ US  /skɔːr/
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
(Definition of score verb (WIN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of score

Definitions of “score” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

altruistic

showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More