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Definition of 'test'


  1. any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc; "the test was standardized on a large sample of students"
       Synonyms: mental test mental testing psychometric test
  2. the act of testing something; "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
       Synonyms: trial run
  3. the act of undergoing testing; "he survived the great test of battle"; "candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
       Synonyms: trial
  4. trying something to find out about it; "a sample for ten days free trial"; "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
       Synonyms: trial trial run tryout
  5. a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge; "when the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions"
       Synonyms: examination exam
  6. a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins


  1. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"
       Synonyms: prove try try out examine essay
  2. test or examine for the presence of disease or infection; "screen the blood for the HIV virus"
       Synonyms: screen
  3. examine someone's knowledge of something; "The teacher tests us every week"; "We got quizzed on French irregular verbs"
       Synonyms: quiz
  4. show a certain characteristic when tested; "He tested positive for HIV"
  5. achieve a certain score or rating on a test; "She tested high on the LSAT and was admitted to all the good law schools"
  6. determine the presence or properties of (a substance)
  7. undergo a test; "She doesn't test well"

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