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1 any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc; "the test was standardized on a large sample of students" [syn: mental test, mental testing, psychometric test]
2 the act of testing something; "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; "he called each flip of the coin a new trial" [syn: trial, run]
3 the act of undergoing testing; "he survived the great test of battle"; "candidates must compete in a trial of skill" [syn: trial]
4 trying something to find out about it; "a sample for ten days free trial"; "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain" [syn: trial, trial run, tryout]
5 a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge; "when the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions" [syn: examination, exam]
6 a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins


1 put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe" [syn: prove, try, try out, examine, essay]
2 test or examine for the presence of disease or infection; "screen the blood for the HIV virus" [syn: screen]
3 examine someone's knowledge of something; "The teacher tests us every week"; "We got quizzed on French irregular verbs" [syn: quiz]
4 show a certain characteristic when tested; "He tested positive for HIV"
5 achieve a certain score or rating on a test; "She tested high on the LSAT and was admitted to all the good law schools"
6 determine the presence or properties of (a substance)
7 undergo a test; "She doesn't test well"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Test



  • /tɛst/, /tEst/
  • Rhymes: -ɛst


  1. Of a test match
    His test average was nearly 100.


  1. A challenge.
  2. In the context of "Academics": An examination, given often during the academic term.
  3. A session in which a product or piece of equipment is examined under everyday or extreme conditions to evaluate its durability, etc.
  4. In the context of "normally “Test”}} A test match.

Extensive Definition

Test, TEST or Tester may refer to:

People with the surname Tester

surname Tester
  • Jon Tester, Democratic Junior Senator from Montana, USA
  • Ralph Tester, head of a section at British codebreaking station Bletchley Park

See also

test in Czech: Testování
test in Danish: Test
test in German: Test (Begriffsklärung)
test in French: Test
test in Korean: 시험
test in Lithuanian: Testas
test in Dutch: Test
test in Japanese: テスト
test in Norwegian: Test
test in Polish: Test
test in Portuguese: Teste
test in Kölsch: Test (Watt ėßß datt?)
test in Romanian: Testarea
test in Russian: Тест (значения)
test in Swedish: Test
test in Ukrainian: Тест

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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