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English definition of “test”

test

verb [T]    /test/
to use a set of questions or practical activities to measure someone's knowledge and ability : Multiple-choice questions tested the studentsknowledge . To test something is to use it in order to find out whether it is working correctly or how effective it is: We test every component we make. To test people or things can also be to present them with a situation which shows how good they are at dealing with difficulties : His generation was tested by a world war .
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