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noun     score pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] the number of points that someone gains in a game
    1. a.
      the result of a game, or the number of points gained by everyone playing up to a particular moment

      Have you heard the latest score?

      The final score was 4–3 to United.

    2. b.
      a number that represents how well someone did in a test

      The average score for the test was 75.

  2. 2
    [countable] music a written copy of a piece of music

    the complete musical scores of Strauss

  3. 3
    [singular] informal the true facts of a situation

    So what’s the score on the party this weekend? Are we going?

  4. 4
    [countable] literary a group of 20 people or things
  5. 5
    [countable] a mark cut into the surface of something

    Workers cut deep scores in the road before laying the paving.

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