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sample

noun [C]  us   /ˈsæm·pəl/
a small amount of something which shows what the rest is or should be like: a free sample a blood/tissue sample The booklet contains sample questions and answers. A sample of people is a small group that is tested to obtain information about the larger group: The poll is based on a random sample of Montgomery voters.

sample

verb [T]  us   /ˈsæm·pəl/
to take or try a small amount of something: He sampled a little of each dish. Buma sampled opinions from people in both countries.
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