Definition of “score” - English Dictionary

“score” in British English

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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 spelling test.

[ 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.
UK You have a lot of patience - that's where you score over (= are better than) your opponents.

[ I ] UK US keep score to record the number of points won 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 illegal drugs:

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 pointed tool, or to draw a line through writing:

If you score the tile first, it will be easier to break.
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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 game?

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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).
by the score formal

in large numbers:

People are leaving the organization by the score.
scores [ plural ]

a lot of things or people:

Sean received cards from scores of local well-wishers.


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/

score verb [ I/T ] (WIN)

to win or obtain a point or something else that gives you an advantage in a competitive activity, 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 football game.
[ T ] A student from Gettysburg scored a perfect 1600 points on the college entrance exam.
[ T ] fig. He scored (= obtained) a deal with a recording label two years ago.


us /skɔr, skoʊr/

score noun (MUSICAL TEXT)

music [ C ] a piece of written music showing 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 particular matter among others related 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 received cards from scores of (= many) local well-wishers.

score noun (POINTS)

[ C ] the number of points achieved or obtained in a game or other competition:

The final score was 103–90.
Who’s going to keep score when we play bridge?
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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abbreviation for Service Corps of Retired Executives: an organization in the US that provides free help and advice to small businesses


(Definition of “SCORE” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)