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verb     score pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlescoring
past tensescored
past participlescored
  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/try:

    He scored the first goal after five minutes.

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

    She’s hoping to score full marks in the maths test.

    1. a.
  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] informal to buy illegal drugs
  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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