Definition of experiment verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    experiment

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈsperɪmənt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsperɪmənt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they experiment
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈsperɪmənt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsperɪmənt//
     
    he / she / it experiments
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈsperɪmənts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsperɪmənts//
     
    past simple experimented
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈsperɪməntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsperɪməntɪd//
     
    past participle experimented
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈsperɪməntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsperɪməntɪd//
     
    -ing form experimenting
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈsperɪməntɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsperɪməntɪŋ//
     
    Experiments and research
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] experiment (on somebody/something) | experiment (with something) to do a scientific experiment or experiments Some people feel that experimenting on animals is wrong. See related entries: Experiments and research
  2. 2  [intransitive] experiment (on somebody/something) | experiment (with something) to try or test new ideas, methods, etc. to find out what effect they have I experimented until I got the recipe just right. He wanted to experiment more with different textures in his paintings.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin experimentum, from experiri ‘try’. Compare with experience and expert.Extra examples The students freely experimented with paints. They experimented successfully on the plants to discover disease-resistant varieties. We have experimented with various different designs of kite. I experimented until I got the recipe just right. She had experimented with drugs when she was at college. Some people feel that experimenting on animals causes unnecessary suffering. The equipment encourages the children to experiment in different ways.
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