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sample

noun [C] uk   /ˈsɑːm.pl̩/ us    /ˈsæm-/

sample noun [C] (SMALL AMOUNT)

B2 a small amount of something that shows you what the rest is or should be like: a free sample of shampoo samples of carpet/curtain material Please bring some samples of your work to the interview.C2 a small amount of a substance that a doctor or scientist collects in order to examine it: a blood/urine sampleB2 a group of people or things that is chosen out of a larger number and is asked questions or tested in order to get information about the larger group: a random sample of voters a nationally representative sample of 200 schools
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sample noun [C] (MUSIC)

a small part of a song that has been recorded and used to make a new piece of music

sample

verb [T] uk   /ˈsɑːm.pl̩/ us    /ˈsæm-/

sample verb [T] (SMALL AMOUNT)

to taste a small amount of food or drink to decide if you like it: As the food looked 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 record part of a song and use the recording to make a new piece of music: This song has been heavily sampled.
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