script Definition

  • 1a written or printed text that is used in a play, film, or broadcast
  • 2a set of instructions that tell a computer what to do
  • 3handwriting as distinct from print; written characters

Using script: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "script" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The actors were given the script to rehearse their lines.

  • Example

    I wrote a script for a short film.

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    The computer program runs on a script that automates certain tasks.

  • Example

    Her script was so neat and tidy that it looked like printed text.

script Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with script

  • to do something according to a predetermined plan or set of instructions


    The politician followed the script during the debate, sticking to his talking points.

  • to change a situation or narrative completely


    In the movie, the protagonist flips the script on the villain by outsmarting him.

  • to know exactly what someone is going to say or do


    After years of working together, I can read my boss like a script and anticipate her every move.

Origins of script

from Latin 'scribere', meaning 'to write'


Summary: script in Brief

The term 'script' [skrɪpt] refers to a written or printed text used in a play, film, or broadcast, as well as a set of instructions that tell a computer what to do. It can also refer to handwriting as distinct from print. Phrases like 'follow the script' and 'flip the script' denote following or changing a predetermined plan, while 'read someone like a script' means knowing exactly what someone will do or say.

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