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Meaning of “experiment” in the English Dictionary

"experiment" in British English

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experimentnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ɪkˈsper.ɪ.mənt/
B1 a ​test done in ​order to ​learn something or to ​discover if something ​works or is ​true: Some ​peoplebelieve that experiments onanimals should be ​banned. [+ to infinitive] Scientists are conducting/​carrying out/doing experiments totest the ​effectiveness of the new ​drug. I've ​bought a different ​kind of ​coffee this ​week as an experiment (= in ​order to ​see what it is like). We can only ​find the ​bestsolution by experiment.

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experimentverb [I]

uk   us   /ɪkˈsper.ɪ.ment/
B2 to ​try something in ​order to ​discover what it is like or ​find out more about it: Things would never ​change if ​people weren't ​prepared to experiment. The ​school is experimenting with new ​teachingmethods. Experimenting onmice can give us an ​idea of the ​effect of the ​disease in ​humans.

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experimenter
noun [C] uk   /-men.tər/  us   /-ment̬ɚ/
(Definition of experiment from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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experimentnoun [C/U]

 us   /ɪkˈsper·ə·mənt/
science a ​test done in ​order to ​learn something or to ​discover whether something ​works or is ​true: [C] His experiments were ​designed to ​findbettermethods of using ​heatenergy.

experimentverb [I]

 us   /ɪkˈsper·əˌment/
to ​test or to ​try a new way of doing something: The ​school is experimenting with new ​teachingmethods.
experimentation
noun [U]  us   /ɪkˌsper·ə·mənˈteɪ·ʃən/
(Definition of experiment from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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