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Meaning of “score” in the English Dictionary

"score" in British English

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scoreverb

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 ​test: Tennant scored (a goal) in the last ​minute of the ​game. In American ​football, a ​touchdown scores (= is ​worth) six ​points. She scored 18 out of 20 in the ​spellingtest. [I or T] to ​succeed in an ​activity or to ​achieve something: She has ​certainly scored (a ​success) with her ​latestnovel. Nearly every ​bomb scored a ​hit.UK You have a lot of ​patience - that's where you score over (= are ​better than)youropponents. [I] UK (US keep score) to ​record the ​number of ​pointswon by ​competitors: We need someone to score for tomorrow's ​match.

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  • score verb (GET)

[T] US informal to get something: I ​managed to score a ​couple of ​tickets to the World Cup ​final. [I or T] slang to get ​illegaldrugs: She ​tried to score some ​dope in a ​nightclub. [I] slang to have ​sex with someone that you have usually just ​met: Did you score last ​night, then?
  • score verb (MARK)

[T] to make a ​mark or ​cut on the ​surface of something hard with a ​pointedtool, or to ​draw a ​line through writing: If you score the ​tile first, it will be ​easier to ​break.
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scorenoun

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 ​latestcricket score? At ​halftime, the score stood at (= was) two all. The final score was 3–0. Could you keep (= ​record) the score at this afternoon's ​game?

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  • score noun (MUSIC)

[C] (plural scores) a ​piece of written ​musicshowing the ​parts for all the ​instruments and ​voices: an ​orchestral score [C] (plural scores) the ​music written for a ​film, ​play, etc.: a ​film score Rodgers ​wrote the score for/of/to "Oklahoma!".
  • 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 ​yearsold).by the score formal in ​largenumbers: People are ​leaving the ​organization by the score.scores [plural] a lot of things or ​people: Sean ​receivedcards from scores oflocal well-wishers.
  • 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 a lot of ​determination to ​win," ​declared the ​coach. "I have no ​doubts on that score."
(Definition of score from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"score" in American English

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scoreverb [I/T]

 us   /skɔr, skoʊr/
to ​win or ​obtain a ​point or something ​else that gives you an ​advantage in a ​competitiveactivity, such as a ​sport, ​game, or ​test: [I] Has either ​team scored ​yet? [T] The Packers scored a ​touchdown with two ​minutes to go in the ​footballgame. [T] A ​student from Gettysburg scored a ​perfect 1600 ​points on the ​collegeentranceexam. [T] fig. He scored (= ​obtained) a ​deal with a ​recordinglabel two ​years ago.

scorenoun

 us   /skɔr, skoʊr/
  • score noun (MUSICAL TEXT)

music [C] a ​piece of written ​musicshowing the ​parts for all the different ​instruments and ​voices, or the ​music written for a ​movie or other ​entertainment
  • score noun (MATTER)

[C usually sing] a ​particularmatter among ​othersrelated to it: I’ll ​let you have the ​money, so there’s nothing to ​worry about on that score.
  • score noun (NUMBER)

[C] (a set or ​group of) 20: Brandon ​receivedcards from scores of (= many)local well-wishers.
  • score noun (POINTS)

[C] the ​number of ​pointsachieved or ​obtained in a ​game or other ​competition: The ​final score was 103–90. Who’s going to ​keep score when we ​playbridge? infml So what’s the score (= what are the ​facts of this ​situation), ​doctor? Is it ​serious?
(Definition of score from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"SCORE" in Business English

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SCOREnoun

uk   us   /skɔːr/ SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
abbreviation for Service Corps of Retired Executives: an ​organization in the US that ​providesfreehelp and ​advice to ​smallbusinesses
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(Definition of SCORE from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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