When you're playing a game, your score is the number of points you have. If the score of a basketball game is 34 to 34, it means both teams have 34 points — the score is tied.

To score in a game is to achieve points or goals. In school, you get a score, or a grade, on your tests and papers. Another kind of score is the written part of a musical composition. And when someone asks, "What's the score?" they might also mean "What's going on?" The Gettysburg Address famously begins, "Four score and seven years ago..." In this case, a score is "twenty," from the Old English scoru, also "twenty."

Definitions of score
  1. noun
    a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
    “the score was 7 to 0”
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    bowling score
    the score in a bowling match
    football score
    the score in a football game
    baseball score
    the score of a baseball game
    basketball score
    the score in a basketball game
    (golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club
    (golf) a score of one stroke under par on a hole
    (golf) a score of one stroke over par on a hole
    (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing
    (golf) a score of two strokes over par for a hole
    duck, duck's egg
    (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
    (golf) a score of two strokes under par on a hole
    double eagle
    (golf) a score of three strokes under par on a hole
    (games) the score at a particular point or the score needed to win
    (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
    a score of zero in tennis or squash
    the score needed to win a match
    (golf) the standard number of strokes set for each hole on a golf course, or for the entire course
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    a concept of quantity involving zero and units
  2. noun
    a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)
    “what was your score on your homework?”
    synonyms: grade, mark
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    grade point
    a numerical value assigned to a letter grade received in a course taken at a college or university multiplied by the number of credit hours awarded for the course
    centile, percentile
    (statistics) any of the 99 numbered points that divide an ordered set of scores into 100 parts each of which contains one-hundredth of the total
    (statistics) any of nine points that divided a distribution of ranked scores into equal intervals where each interval contains one-tenth of the scores
    (statistics) any of three points that divide an ordered distribution into four parts each containing one quarter of the scores
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    evaluation, rating, valuation
    an appraisal of the value of something
  3. noun
    the act of scoring in a game or sport
    “the winning score came with less than a minute left to play”
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    bull's eye
    in target shooting: a score made by hitting the center of the target
    a successful attempt at scoring
    strike, ten-strike
    a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball
    a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls
    break, open frame
    any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
    a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line
    a score in American football; being in possession of the ball across the opponents' goal line
    field goal
    a score in American football; a score made by kicking the ball between the opponents' goal posts
    a successful free throw or try for point after a touchdown
    run, tally
    a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely
    basket, field goal
    a score in basketball made by throwing the ball through the hoop
    hat trick
    (sports) three consecutive scores by one player or three scores in one game (as in cricket or ice hockey etc.)
    break, break of serve
    (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
    a score that makes the match even
    own goal
    (soccer) a goal that results when a player inadvertently knocks the ball into the goal he is defending
    extra point, point after, point after touchdown
    in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown
    earned run
    a run that was not scored as the result of an error by the other team
    unearned run
    a run that was scored as a result of an error by the other team
    rbi, run batted in
    a run that is the result of the batter's performance
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    an attainment that is successful
  4. verb
    gain points in a game
    “The home team scored many times”
    synonyms: hit, rack up, tally
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    make a score (on a hole) equal to par
    score (a spare)
    complete successfully
    score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone
    hit a home run
    make a goal
    shoot in two strokes under par
    hole up
    score a hole in one
    score an ace against
    obtain a base on balls
    equalise, equalize, get even
    compensate; make the score equal
    get, have, make
    achieve a point or goal
    score (a goal) by making a place kick
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    advance, gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
    obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
  5. verb
    get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance
    “She scored high on the SAT”
    “He scored a 200”
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    achieve a certain score or rating on a test
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    accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
    gain with effort
  6. verb
    assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation
    score the SAT essays”
    synonyms: grade, mark
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    appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
    evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
  7. noun
    a written form of a musical composition; parts for different instruments appear on separate staves on large pages
    “he studied the score of the sonata”
    synonyms: musical score
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    type of:
    sheet music
    a musical composition in printed or written form
  8. verb
    write a musical score for
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    write an orchestra score for
    type of:
    compose, write
    write music
  9. noun
    “he tried to blame the victim but his success on that score was doubtful”
    synonyms: account
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    ground, reason
    a rational motive for a belief or action
  10. noun
    the facts about an actual situation
    “he didn't know the score
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    a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
  11. verb
    make underscoring marks
    synonyms: mark
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    cancel, invalidate
    make invalid for use
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    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
  12. verb
    make small marks into the surface of
    score the clay before firing it”
    synonyms: mark, nock
    mark, pit, pock, scar
    mark with a scar
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    scratch the surface of
    make a small cut or score into
    score a line on with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
    mark with lines
    put new lines on
    draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper
    mark with or consist of a pattern of crossed lines
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    cut or make a notch into
  13. noun
    a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
    synonyms: scotch
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    dent, incision, prick, scratch, slit
    a depression scratched or carved into a surface
  14. noun
    an amount due (as at a restaurant or bar)
    “add it to my score and I'll settle later”
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    money or goods or services owed by one person to another
  15. noun
    a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation
    “settling a score
    synonyms: grievance, grudge
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    bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour, resentment
    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
  16. noun
    a seduction culminating in sexual intercourse
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    the practice of making cuckolds; sexual conquests of married women
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    conquest, seduction
    an act of winning the love or sexual favor of someone
  17. verb
    induce to have sex
    lure or entice away from duty, principles, or proper conduct
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    cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
  18. noun
    a set of twenty members
    “a score were sent out but only one returned”
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    a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
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