Definition of score noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    points/goals, etc.
  1. 1  [countable] the number of points, goals, etc. scored by each player or team in a game or competition a high/low score What's the score now? The final score was 4–3. I’ll keep (the) score. A penalty in the last minute of the game levelled the score 2–2. See related entries: Soccer
  2. 2  [countable] (especially North American English) the number of points somebody gets for correct answers in a test test scores an IQ score of 120 a perfect score See related entries: Exams and assessment
  3. music
  4. 3 [countable] a written or printed version of a piece of music showing what each instrument is to play or what each voice is to sing an orchestral score the score of Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ See related entries: Describing music, Reading music
  5. 4 [countable] the music written for a film/movie or play an award for best original score Wordfinderaria, chorus, coloratura, diva, libretto, opera, orchestra pit, recitative, score, surtitles See related entries: Elements of a play, Describing music, Film reviews and promotion
  6. twenty
  7. 5[countable] (pl. score) a set or group of 20 or approximately 20 Several cabs and a score of cars were parked outside. Doyle's success brought imitators by the score (= very many). the biblical age of three score years and ten (= 70)
  8. many
  9. 6scores [plural] very many There were scores of boxes and crates, all waiting to be checked and loaded.
  10. cut
  11. 7[countable] a cut in a surface, made with a sharp tool
  12. facts about situation
  13. 8the score [singular] (informal) the real facts about the present situation What's the score? You don't have to lie to me. I know the score.
  14. Word Originlate Old English scoru ‘set of twenty’, from Old Norse skor ‘notch, tally, twenty’, of Germanic origin; related to shear. The verb (late Middle English) is from Old Norse skora ‘make an incision’.Extra examples A late goal made the score 4–2. At half-time the score stood at 3–0. Figo levelled the scores with a curling free kick. Gerrard struggled valiantly to level the score. He got around the course in 72, giving him an average score of 70. I’ll keep (the) score. Inamoto failed to get his name on the score sheet. Inamoto had a good game but failed to get his name on the score sheet. Most ten-year-olds had scores ranging between 50 and 70. Ronaldo brought the scores level at 2–2. She got an unusually low score for creativity. Some scientists claim that vitamins will boost your child’s IQ score. The original score for the movie was composed by John Williams. The score was close in the final game. a mistake in the piano score the best score for years against Italy the vocal score of ‘The Magic Flute’ A penalty in the last minute of the fame levelled the score 2–2. The final score was 4–3. What’s the score now? college entrance test scores the score of Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ to get a perfect scoreIdioms to harm or punish somebody who has harmed or cheated you in the past as far as that/this is concerned You don't have to worry on that score.
    settle a score/an account (with somebody), settle an old score
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    to hurt or punish somebody who has harmed or cheated you in the past ‘Who would do such a thing?’ ‘Maybe someone with an old score to settle.’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: score