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noun [countable]     test pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a set of written or spoken questions used for finding out how much someone knows about a subject. A test is less formal than an exam, and more formal than a quiz.

    Mike did really well on yesterday’s test.

    Did you get a good grade on your physics test?

    a chemistry/French/history test

    do/take a test:

    You’re going to have to take the test again.

    pass/fail a test:

    I know I’m going to fail this test.

    1. a.
      a series of actions that someone must perform to show how well they can do a particular activity

      I’m still too young to take my driving test.

      For the cooking test we have to make a chocolate mousse.

  2. 2
    an examination of a part of your body or of a substance taken from your body

    an eye/hearing test

    test for:

    a test for HIV/cancer

    run a test (=perform one):

    We’ll run a few blood tests.

    test results:

    Your test results are fine.

  3. 3
    a process designed to find out whether something such as a machine or weapon works correctly or whether a product is satisfactory
    conduct/perform a test:

    Consumer Reports conducted tests on more than 220 electric blankets.

    1. a.
      a process designed to find out whether a particular substance is present in another substance
      test for:

      The tests for dioxin showed high levels were present.

  4. 4
    a difficult situation that shows what qualities someone or something has
    test of:

    Living on the eighth floor is a kind of endurance test, since the elevator never works.

    test of:

    Last week’s game was a stern test of our character.

  5. 5
    British informal a test match
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