test meaning

[ test ] Pronunciation:   "test" in a sentence
  • Noun: test  test
    1. Trying something to find out about it
      - trial, trial run, tryout, dummy run [Brit] 
    2. 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"
      - mental test, mental testing, psychometric test 
    3. 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"
      - examination, exam 
    4. The act of undergoing testing
      "he survived the great test of battle"
      - trial 
    5. The act of testing something
      - trial, run 
    6. A hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins
    Verb: test  test
    1. Put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
      "Test this recipe"
      - prove, try, try out, examine, essay, trial 
    2. Test or examine for the presence of disease or infection
      - screen 
    3. Examine someone's knowledge of something
      "The teacher tests us every week"
      - 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"

    Derived forms: testing, tests, tested

    See also: testee, tester, testing

    Type of: ascertain, attempt, be, check, communicating, communication, cover, covering, determine, effort, endeavor [US], endeavour [Brit, Cdn], evaluate, examine, experiment, experimentation, find out, judge, learn, mental measurement, natural covering, pass judgment, score, see, submit, take, try, watch

    Encyclopedia: Test

  • [Architecture]

    A check on the performance characteristics of a building component, device, material, piece of equipment, or system to determine its conformity with performance criteria and standards. Tests may be performed in the prototype stage, during manufacture, at the site during and after installation, after the project's completion, or at any combination of these times.

  • [Business]
    noun, verb

    noun [C]



    an experiment to discover whether or how well sth works, or to find out more information about it:

    Market tests showed that €80 was too high a price.

    They demonstrated a test version of the software.

    I'll run a diagnostic test to see why the server keeps crashing.

    test engineers

    ❖ to conduct/do/perform/run a test

    ◆ a test proves/reveals/shows/suggests sth


    an examination of sb's knowledge or ability, consisting of questions for them to answer or activities for them to do:

    All candidates must take an English test.

    ❖ to do/sit/take a test

    ◆ to fail/pass a test


    a situation or an event that shows how good, strong, etc. sb/sth is:

    Sales of the latest model will be a key test of whether the company's change of image has worked.

    a big/crucial/good/key/tough test

    ◆ an important/the ultimate test


    put sb/sth to the test

    to put sb/sth in a situation which will show what their true qualities are:

    All of her negotiating talents were put to the test.

    STAND verb



    1 [+ obj] test sth (out)

    to use or try sth to find out how well it works or to find out more information about it:

    Our products are not tested on animals.

    They opened a single store in Europe to test out the market.

    The software is being tested for compatibility with all operating systems.

    2 [+ obj or no obj]

    to examine sb's knowledge or ability by asking them questions or giving them activities to do:

    Employees are tested on their customer service skills.

    3 [+ obj]

    to be difficult and therefore need all your ability, strength, etc:

    Giving the presentation in France really tested my French.


    test for sth; test sth for sth

    to examine sth to see if a particular substance is present:

    Has this software been tested for viruses?

  • [Electronics]
    A procedure consisting of one or several steps, in which (1) the mode of operation of a circuit or device is established, (2) the value of a component is ascertained, or (3) the behavior of a circuit or device is observed.

  • [Finance]
    The event of a price movement that approaches a support level or a resistance level established earlier by the market. A test is passed if prices do not go below the support or resistance level, and the test is failed if prices go on to new lows or highs.


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