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testnoun [C]

uk   us   /test/
A1 a way of ​discovering, by ​questions or ​practicalactivities, 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 an ​aptitude test before she got the ​job.B1 a ​medicalexamination of ​part of ​yourbody in ​order to ​find out how ​healthy it is or what is ​happening 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 ​workingcorrectly or how ​effective it is: The new ​missiles are ​currently undergoing tests.B2 a ​situation that ​shows how good something is: Driving on that ​icyroad was a ​real test of my ​skill. a test match : Australiawon the test by 197 ​runs.

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testverb [T]

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B2 to do something in ​order to ​discover if something is ​safe, ​workscorrectly, etc., or if something is ​present: The ​manufacturers are ​currently testing the new ​engine. They tested her ​blood forsigns of the ​infection.B1 to give someone a set of ​questions, in ​order to ​measuretheirknowledge or ​ability: Will you test me on the ​chemistry 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 ​medicalexamination of ​part of someone's ​body or of a ​particularphysicalability

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(Definition of test from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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testnoun [C]

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a set of ​questions or ​practicalactivities that show what someone ​knows or what someone or something can do or is like: a ​spelling test A test is also a ​medicalexamination of ​part of ​yourbody or of something from ​yourbody: an ​eye test a ​DNA test A test is also an ​act of using something to ​find out whether it is ​workingcorrectly or how ​effective it is: a ​safety test

testverb [T]

 us   /test/
to use a set of ​questions or ​practicalactivities to ​measure someone's ​knowledge and ​ability: Multiple-choice ​questions tested the ​students’ ​knowledge. To test something is to use it in ​order to ​find out whether it is ​workingcorrectly 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 ​worldwar.
(Definition of test from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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testnoun [C]

uk   us   /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 ​onlinetrainingcourse 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 ​materialpassed rigid tests for flammability.a test on sth The tests on the toys ​found that they had dangerously high ​leadlevels. If tests show infection, ​computerusers can ​tryanti-virussoftware.
a ​situation that ​shows how good, ​strong, etc. someone or something is: The ultimate test of a ​successfulnegotiation is when the ​agreementreached 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.

testverb

uk   us   /test/
[T] to ​ask someone a set of ​questions or give them practical ​activities to do, in ​order to ​measure their ​knowledge or ​ability: We will test your ​strength and stamina.test sb on sth We will test new taxi ​drivers on how well they know their way around.
[I or T] to do something in ​order to discover if something is ​safe, ​works correctly, etc., or if something is ​present: We test every ​product numerous ​times before it ​ships. The ​machinekeptbreaking down when I tested it.test (sth) for sth The ​company is testing for ​gold in the ​deposits.test sth on sth/sb The ​drugs were first tested on animals.test negative/positive (for sth) He tested ​positive for the disease.
[T] if a ​situation tests someone or something, it ​shows how good, ​strong, etc. they are: The new ​chiefexecutive will quickly get a chance to test his diplomatic ​skills. Investors in British ​informationtechnologystocks should prepare to have their nerve tested again.
(Definition of test from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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