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1 test /ˈtɛst/ noun
plural tests
1 test
/ˈtɛst/
noun
plural tests
Learner's definition of TEST
[count]
: a set of questions or problems that are designed to measure a person's knowledge, skills, or abilities
see also intelligence test, rorschach test, screen test
: a careful study of a part of the body or of a substance taken from the body
see also blood test, breath test, stress test
: 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 test, litmus test
British, sports : test match

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-test, means test
2 test /ˈtɛst/ verb
tests; tested; testing
2 test
/ˈtɛst/
verb
tests; tested; testing
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

also test 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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