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"sample" in British English

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samplenoun [C]

uk   /ˈsɑːm.pl̩/  us   /ˈsæm-/

sample noun [C] (SMALL AMOUNT)

B2 a ​smallamount of something that ​shows you what the ​rest is or should be like: a free sample ofshampoo samples ofcarpet/​curtainmaterial Please ​bring some samples ofyourwork to the ​interview.C2 a ​smallamount of a ​substance that a ​doctor or ​scientistcollects in ​order to ​examine it: a blood/​urine sampleB2 a ​group of ​people or things that is ​chosen out of a ​largernumber and is ​askedquestions or ​tested in ​order to get ​information about the ​largergroup: a random sample ofvoters a ​nationally representative sample of 200 ​schools
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sample noun [C] (MUSIC)

a ​smallpart of a ​song that has been ​recorded and used to make a new ​piece of ​music

sampleverb [T]

uk   /ˈsɑːm.pl̩/  us   /ˈsæm-/

sample verb [T] (SMALL AMOUNT)

to ​taste a ​smallamount of ​food or ​drink to ​decide if you like it: As the ​foodlooked so good, he ​decided to sample a little from each ​dish.C2 to ​experience a ​place or an ​activity, often for the first ​time: So you're going to sample the delights/​pleasures of the new ​restaurant?

sample verb [T] (MUSIC)

specialized music to ​recordpart of a ​song and use the ​recording to make a new ​piece of ​music: This ​song has been ​heavily sampled.
(Definition of sample from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sample" in American English

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samplenoun [C]

 us   /ˈsæm·pəl/
a ​smallamount of something which ​shows what the ​rest is or should be like: a ​free sample a ​blood/​tissue sample The ​bookletcontains sample ​questions and ​answers. A sample of ​people is a ​smallgroup that is tested to ​obtaininformation about the ​largergroup: The ​poll is ​based on a ​random sample of Montgomery ​voters.

sampleverb [T]

 us   /ˈsæm·pəl/
to take or ​try a ​smallamount of something: He sampled a little of each ​dish. Buma sampled ​opinions from ​people in both ​countries.
(Definition of sample from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sample" in Business English

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samplenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsɑːmpl/
COMMERCE, MARKETING a ​smallamount of a substance, ​product, etc. that ​shows someone ​thinking of ​buying it what it is like: a carpet/​fabric/​product sample Write to us and we will ​send you a free sample.
MARKETING a ​group of ​people chosen from a larger ​group, who give their ​opinions, answer ​questions, etc. in ​order to ​provideinformation about the whole ​group: a sample of sth A sample of three HR Managers and 30 ​employees was ​selected and ​interviewed. The ​marketingpoll was ​conducted by ​telephone among a representative sample of 1,136 adults. a large/​small sample
a ​smallamount of a substance or ​product that is ​tested to ​find out whether it is good, whether it contains a particular substance, etc.: The ​investigation into tainted pet ​food has ​grown to ​includetests of 700 samples. The next ​step will be to ​build a few ​dozen samples of each ​device and ​send them out for ​testing in both ​urban and ​rural settings.

sampleverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈsɑːmpl/
COMMERCE, MARKETING to ​try a ​smallamount of a ​product, or ​try a ​service for a ​shorttime, in ​order to see whether you want to ​buy it: On a typical ​overseastour, a ​buyer could sample 120 wines in a day. They are ​recruiting 2,500 ​telephonecustomers to sample the ​service for 12 months.
MARKETING to ​ask for the ​opinions of a ​number of ​people chosen from a ​group, in ​order to get ​information about the whole ​group: The ​survey sampled 150 ​chiefexecutives from both large and ​smallcompanies.
to ​test a ​smallamount of a substance or ​product to ​find out whether it is good, whether it contains a particular substance, etc.: sample sth for sth Before the ​food can be ​sold to ​markets and ​stores, the FDA samples ​goods for ​defects.
(Definition of sample from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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