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

     

    sample

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsɑːmpl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæmpl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sample
    BrE BrE//ˈsɑːmpl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæmpl//
     
    he / she / it samples
    BrE BrE//ˈsɑːmplz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæmplz//
     
    past simple sampled
    BrE BrE//ˈsɑːmpld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæmpld//
     
    past participle sampled
    BrE BrE//ˈsɑːmpld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæmpld//
     
    -ing form sampling
    BrE BrE//ˈsɑːmplɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæmplɪŋ//
     
    Producing music
     
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  1. 1sample something to try a small amount of a particular food to see what it is like; to experience something for a short time to see what it is like I sampled the delights of Greek cooking for the first time.
  2. 2sample somebody/something (specialist) to test, question, etc., part of something or of a group of people in order to find out what the rest is like 12% of the children sampled said they prefer cats to dogs.
  3. 3sample something (specialist) to record part of a piece of music, or a sound, in order to use it in a new piece of music See related entries: Producing music
  4. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun): from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French essample ‘example’. Current senses of the verb date from the mid 18th cent.Extra examples The survey was done using a group of 100 children randomly sampled from the school population. 12% of the children sampled said they prefer cats to dogs. He put his head out of the window and sampled the morning air.
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