test

test1 W1S1 [test] n
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1¦(exam)¦
2¦(medical)¦
3¦(machine/product)¦
4¦(difficult situation)¦
5 put somebody/something to the test
6¦(sport)¦
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: 'pot for testing metals', from Latin testum 'clay pot']
1.) ¦(EXAM)¦
a set of questions, exercises, or practical activities to measure someone's skill, ability, or knowledge
spelling/driving/biology etc test
How did you do on your maths test?
pass/fail a test
She passed her driving test when she was 17.
take/do/sit a test
Applicants are required to take a written test.
test on
We have a test on irregular verbs tomorrow.
The school's test scores are among the highest in the district.
Did you get a good mark in the test ?
2.) ¦(MEDICAL)¦
a) a medical examination on a part of your body, or a substance taken from your body, to check your health or to discover what is wrong with you
a blood test
an eye test
a hearing test
a pregnancy test
do/run a test
They don't know what's wrong with her yet - they're doing tests.
test for
a test for HIV
I'm still waiting for my test results from the hospital.
b) an examination of someone's blood, breath etc carried out by the police, to discover if they have done something illegal
a drugs test
The results of the DNA test proved that Simmons was the rapist.
breath test
(=to find out if someone has been drinking alcohol before driving a car)
c) a piece of equipment used for carrying out a medical examination
a pregnancy test
3.) ¦(MACHINE/PRODUCT)¦
a process used to discover whether equipment or a product works correctly, or to discover more about it
nuclear weapons tests
test for
a test for chemicals in the water
Laboratory tests show that the new drug is very effective.
We went to the test site in Nevada.
4.) ¦(DIFFICULT SITUATION)¦
a difficult situation in which the qualities of someone or something are clearly shown
Chess player Nigel Short faces Anatoly Karpov in the toughest test of his career so far.
test of character/strength/courage/endurance etc
The problems she faced were a real test of character.
5.) put sb/sth to the test
to force someone or something into a difficult situation in order to discover what the limits of their strength, skills etc are
Living together will soon put their relationship to the test.
Paul soon found himself in an emergency situation that put all his training to the test.
6.) ¦(SPORT)¦
BrE a ↑test match
→↑smear test, means test,stand the test of time atstand1 (8), the acid test atacid2 (3)
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HINT sense 1
You take or do a test. Do not say 'make a test'. To pass a test means to succeed in it, not simply to take it.
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test 2
test2 W2S3 v [T]
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1¦(medical)¦
2¦(substance)¦
3¦(knowledge/ability)¦
4¦(machine/product)¦
5¦(show how good/strong)¦
6¦(idea/plan)¦
7 test the water/waters
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1.) ¦(MEDICAL)¦
a) to examine someone's blood, body etc in order to find out what is wrong with them, or to see if they have taken an illegal drug
I must have my eyes tested.
test sb for sth
They tested her for diabetes.
test positive/negative (for sth)
Athletes who test positive for steroids are immediately banned.
2.) ¦(SUBSTANCE)¦
to examine a substance or thing in order to find out its qualities or what it contains
test (sth) for sth
The water should be tested for lead.
3.) ¦(KNOWLEDGE/ABILITY)¦
to ask someone spoken or written questions, or make them do a practical activity, to discover what they know about a subject
This task is designed to test your reading skills.
test sb on sth
We're being tested on grammar tomorrow.
4.) ¦(MACHINE/PRODUCT)¦ also test out
to use something for a short time to see if it works in the correct way
The Ferrari team wanted to test their new car out on the racetrack.
test sth on sb/sth
None of this range of cosmetics has been tested on animals.
5.) ¦(SHOW HOW GOOD/STRONG)¦
to show how good or strong someone or something is, especially by putting them in a difficult situation
a game that will test the contestants' strength and skill
The next six months will test your powers of leadership.
I felt that she was testing me, leaving all that cash lying around.
→↑testing
6.) ¦(IDEA/PLAN)¦ also test out
to start to use an idea or plan to find out if it is correct or effective
Dr Lee set up a series of experiments to test out this hypothesis.
test sth against sth
The theory was then tested against the results of the study.
7.) test the water/waters
to check people's reaction to a plan before you decide to use it
The government is clearly testing the water, to gauge the country's reactions to their proposals.
tried and tested attried2 see usage notecontrol2

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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