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



    BrE BrE//skɔː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːr//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they score
    BrE BrE//skɔː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːr//
    he / she / it scores
    BrE BrE//skɔːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrz//
    past simple scored
    BrE BrE//skɔːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrd//
    past participle scored
    BrE BrE//skɔːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrd//
    -ing form scoring
    BrE BrE//ˈskɔːrɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɔːrɪŋ//
    Exams and assessment, Soccer
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    give/get points/goals
  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to win points, goals, etc. in a game or competition Fraser scored again in the second half. score something to score a goal/try/touchdown/victory See related entries: Soccer
  2. 2[intransitive] to keep a record of the points, goals, etc. won in a game or competition Who's going to score? See related entries: Soccer
  3. 3  [transitive, intransitive] to gain marks in a test or an exam score something She scored 98% in the French test. + adv./prep. Girls usually score highly in language exams. See related entries: Exams and assessment
  4. 4[transitive] score something to give something/somebody a particular number of points The tests are scored by psychologists. Score each criterion on a scale of 1 to 5. a scoring system
  5. 5[transitive] score something to be worth a particular number of points Each correct answer will score two points.
  6. succeed
  7. 6[transitive, intransitive] to succeed; to have an advantage score (something) The army continued to score successes in the south. She's scored again with her latest blockbuster. score over something Bicycles score over other forms of transport in towns.
  8. arrange/write music
  9. 7[transitive, usually passive] to arrange a piece of music for one or more musical instruments or for voices score something for something The piece is scored for violin, viola and cello. score something The director invited him to score the movie (= write the music for it).
  10. cut
  11. 8[transitive] score something to make a cut or mark on a surface Score the card first with a knife.
  12. have sex
  13. 9[intransitive] score (with somebody) (slang) (especially of a man) to have sex with a new partner Did you score last night?
  14. buy drugs
  15. 10[transitive, intransitive] score (something) (slang) to buy or get illegal drugs
  16. 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 Cunningham broke away and ran some 40 metres to score easily. Cunningham broke away and scored easily. He scored with a neat header. In the key area of negotiation, women scored highly. It was Robertson who came closest to scoring. Peter Walker has yet to score this season. Ronaldinho opened the scoring in the seventh minute of the game. Schumacher is ready to score at his home track again. She has not yet scored for her new club. The England team failed to score against Italy on Saturday. The company scores highly on customer service. The crowd erupted when the Green Bay Packers scored against the Denver Broncos. Villa always looked likely to score. Villa always looked the team most likely to score. We had several chances to score in the second half. Women consistently scored higher than men in this test. to score a goal/​try/​touchdown/​victoryIdioms
    score a point/points (off/against/over somebody)
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    = score off somebody
    Phrasal Verbsscore off somebodyscore out something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: score