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test

noun [C] uk   /test/ us  
A1 a way of discovering, by questions or practical activities, what someone knows, or what someone or something can do or is like: The class are doing/having a spelling test today. She had to take/do/sit an aptitude test before she got the job. B1 a medical examination of part of your body in order to find out how healthy it is or what is wrong with it: a blood/urine test an eye test a pregnancy test The doctors have done some tests to try and find out what's wrong with her. an act of using something to find out if it is working correctly or how effective it is: The new missiles are currently undergoing tests. B2 a situation that shows how good something is: Driving on that icy road was a real test of my skill. a test match: Australia won the test by 197 runs.

test

verb [T] uk   /test/ us  
B2 to do something in order to discover if something is safe, works correctly, etc., or if something is present: The manufacturers are currently testing the new engine. They tested her blood for signs of the infection. B1 to give someone a set of questions, in order to measure their knowledge or ability: Will you test me on the chemical formulae I've been learning? B2 If a situation tests someone, it proves how good, strong, etc. they are: That lecture really tested my powers of endurance, it was so boring. to do a medical examination of part of someone's body or of a particular physical ability
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