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1test/ˈtɛst/noun
pluraltests
1test
/ˈtɛst/
noun
pluraltests
Learner's definition of TEST  
[count]
: a set of questions or problems that are designed to measure a person's knowledge, skills, or abilities
: a careful study of a part of the body or of a substance taken from the body
   b : a careful study of a small amount of water, soil, air, etc., in order to see if its quality is good, to find out if it contains a dangerous substance, etc.
: a planned and usually controlled act or series of acts that is done to learn something, to see if something works properly, etc.— often used before another noun
— see also road test
: something (such as a difficult situation or task) that shows how strong or skilled someone or something is
— see also acid testlitmus test
British, sports 

put (someone or something) to the test

: to cause (someone or something) to be in a situation that shows how strong, good, etc., that person or thing really is

stand the test of time

: to continue to be important, respected, etc., for a long period of time

test of (your) character

— see character
— see also high-testmeans test
2test/ˈtɛst/verb
teststestedtesting
2test
/ˈtɛst/
verb
teststestedtesting
Learner's definition of TEST  
[+ object] : to use a set of questions or problems to measure someone's skills, knowledge, or abilities— often + on
: to examine a part of the body or a substance taken from the body
[+ object]
— often + for
[no object]
: to examine a small amount of water, soil, air, etc., in order to see if its quality is good, if it contains a dangerous substance, etc.
[+ object]
— often + for
[no object]
— + for
[+ object] : to use (something) in a planned and usually controlled way in order to see if it works properly
— see also field-test
[+ object] : to show how strong, good, etc., someone or something is in a difficult situation
— see also time-tested

test the waters

alsotest the water
: to do something to find out if people like or approve a possible plan, product, etc., so that you can make a decision about it

— testable

/ˈtɛstəbəl/adjective
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