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noun [countable] test pronunciation in American English /test/
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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
    nuclear tests in the Pacific
    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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