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

     

    quiz

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kwɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quiz
    BrE BrE//kwɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwɪz//
     
    he / she / it quizzes
    BrE BrE//ˈkwɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪzɪz//
     
    past simple quizzed
    BrE BrE//kwɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwɪzd//
     
    past participle quizzed
    BrE BrE//kwɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwɪzd//
     
    -ing form quizzing
    BrE BrE//ˈkwɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to ask somebody a lot of questions about something in order to get information from them synonym question quiz somebody (about somebody/something) Four men are being quizzed by police about the murder. quiz somebody (on/over something) We were quizzed on our views about education.
  2. 2quiz somebody (North American English) to give students an informal test You will be quizzed on chapter 6 tomorrow.
  3. Word Origin mid 19th cent. (as a verb; originally US): possibly from quiz ‘look curiously or intently at someone as if through an eyeglass’, influenced by inquisitive.Extra examples More than half the people quizzed in a poll said they would not use the new service. They quizzed us on our views on education. Two men quizzed over betting shop killings.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: quiz