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Definition of means-test verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

means-test

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈmiːnz test//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːnz test//
 
means-test somebodyVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they means-test
BrE BrE//ˈmiːnz test//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːnz test//
 
he / she / it means-tests
BrE BrE//ˈmiːnz tests//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːnz tests//
 
past simple means-tested
BrE BrE//ˈmiːnz testɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːnz testɪd//
 
past participle means-tested
BrE BrE//ˈmiːnz testɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːnz testɪd//
 
-ing form means-testing
BrE BrE//ˈmiːnz testɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːnz testɪŋ//
 
 
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to officially check somebody's wealth or income in order to decide if they are poor enough to receive money from the government, etc. for a particular purpose

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