- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Word Origin Middle English (as a noun): from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French essample
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