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test

noun [C]
 
 
/test/
a set of questions or practical activities that are used to measure what someone or something can do or how much someone knows about something: The tests showed I had excellent spatial awareness.do/sit/take a test We have to take a test to get a real-estate broker's license. pass/fail a test New agents have to complete an online training course and pass a test.
an act of doing something in order to discover if something is safe, works correctly, etc., or if something is present: pass/fail a test The minivans all failed the safety tests.a test for sth The material passed rigid tests for flammability.a test on sth The tests on the toys found that they had dangerously high lead levels. If tests show infection, computer users can try anti-virus software.
a situation that shows how good, strong, etc. someone or something is: The ultimate test of a successful negotiation is when the agreement reached is implemented to the satisfaction of both parties. The true test of a CEO comes during difficult times.
put sb/sth to the test to find out or show how good someone or something is: This new project will really put her to the test.
→ See also acid test ratio, alpha test, aptitude test, beta test, blind test, EQ test, field test, hall test, IQ test, market test, means test, psychological test, psychometric test, recognition test
(Definition of test noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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