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verb score pronunciation in American English /skɔr/
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present tense
present participlescoring
past tensescored
past participlescored
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to get a point in a game or sport

    No one scored in the first half.

    score a goal/point/run:

    He scored the first touchdown after five minutes.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to achieve a particular amount, level, etc. in a test

    She’s hoping to score high on the math test.

    1. a.
      to judge someone’s effort in a competition or on a test and give them points

      The participantsanswers were scored and the totals added up.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to record the score in a game
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to be successful in doing something

    She seems to have scored with her latest novel.

    score a success/victory/win:

    They scored some notable sales successes.

  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] American informal to obtain something, especially without paying for it or with little effort

    Maybe I can score some new CDs at the radio station.

  6. 6
    [intransitive] spoken to have sex with someone, especially with a new partner
  7. 7
    [transitive] to mark a line into the surface of something

    Score the meat lightly with a knife.

  8. 8
    [transitive] music to write a piece of music for a particular group of instruments or voices
    score something for something:

    The suite is scored for flute and violin.

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