1 IN A GAME the number of points that each team or player has won in a game or competition: the score: What's the score? | keep (the) score (=make a record of the score): Is anybody keeping score? | final score: The final score was Everton 2, Spurs 4.2 MUSIC a written or printed copy of a piece of music, especially for a large group of performers: a vocal score | Who wrote the score for the movie?3 IN A TEST AmE the number of points a student has earned for correct answers in a test4 on that score spoken concerning the particular thing you have just mentioned: As for the cost, you don't need to worry on that score.5 know the score informal to know the real facts of a situation, including any unpleasant ones: John won't do anything risky - he knows the score.6 settle a score to do something to harm or hurt someone who has harmed or hurt you in the past: Jack came back after five years to settle some old scores.7 MARK a mark that has been cut onto a surface with a sharp tool: deep scores in the wood2 verb1 WIN POINTS (I, T) to win a point in a sport, game, or competition: Arsenal scored in the final minute of the game. | score a goal/point/run: Which player has scored the most runs this season?2 RECORD POINTS (I) to record the number of points someone has in a game or competition as it is played: Will you score for us?3 GIVE POINTS (T)a) to give someone a particular number of points in a game or competition: score sb 6/8 etc: The Canadian judge scored her 15.b) to be worth a particular number of points in a game or competition: A bull's-eye scores 50 points.4 score points also score off sb to argue with someone in order to prove that you are better than they are5 SUCCEED (I, T) informal to be very successful in something you do: Atwood has scored again with another popular book. | score a success: The Green party scored some successes in the north west.6 HAVE SEX (I) slang to have sex with someone you have just met: Did you score, then?7 PAPER (T) to mark a line on a piece of paper, using a sharp instrument: Scoring the paper first makes it easier to fold.8 MUSIC (usually passive) to arrange a piece of music for a group of instruments or voices9 GET DRUGS (I, T) slang to manage to buy or get illegal drugsscore sth out/through phrasal verb (T) to draw a line through something that has been written 3
Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.