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verb [transitive] sample pronunciation in British English /ˈsɑːmp(ə)l/
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present participlesampling
past tensesampled
past participlesampled

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  1. 1
    to test a small amount of something in order to get information about the whole thing
    The air is sampled continuously to measure changes in air pollution.
    1. a.
      to taste a small amount of food and drink in order to see what it is like
      We sampled the soup and found the flavour surprisingly delicate.
  2. 2
    to use a group of people in order to get information about a larger group or about the whole population
    Only 23% of those sampled said they were in favour of reducing the speed limits.
  3. 3
    to try doing a new activity for a time
    Here you can relax and sample life in this island paradise.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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