- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to find out how much somebody knows, or what they can do by asking them questions or giving them activities to perform test somebody (on something) Children are tested on core subjects at ages 7, 11 and 14. test (something) We test your English before deciding which class to put you in. Schools use various methods of testing. See related entries: Teaching and learning, School life
- 2[intransitive] test well/badly to perform well/badly in a test of knowledge or ability students who tested well in reading There are people who test well and people who don’t. health
- 3 [transitive, intransitive] to examine the blood, a part of the body, etc. to find out what is wrong with a person, or to check the condition of their health test somebody/something to test somebody’s eyesight/hearing test somebody/something for something The doctor tested him for hepatitis. + adj. (for something) to test positive/negative Two athletes tested positive for steroids. See related entries: Experiments and research, Medical examinations machine/product, etc.
- 4 [transitive] to use or try a machine, substance, etc. to find out how well it works or to find out more information about it test something Test your brakes regularly. test something on somebody/something Our beauty products are not tested on animals. test something for something The water is regularly tested for purity. test something out They opened a single store in Europe to test out the market. see also field-test
- 5[intransitive] test well/badly (of a machine or product) to perform well/badly in a test of how well it works The ad had tested badly with consumers. strength, etc.
- 6[transitive] test somebody/something to be difficult and therefore need all your strength, ability, etc. The long climb tested our fitness and stamina. see also testing Word Origin late Middle English (denoting a container used to treat gold or silver alloys or ore): via Old French from Latin testu, testum
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BrE BrE//test//; NAmE NAmE//test//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they test
BrE BrE//test//; NAmE NAmE//test//he / she / it tests
BrE BrE//tests//; NAmE NAmE//tests//past simple tested
BrE BrE//ˈtestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtestɪd//past participle tested
BrE BrE//ˈtestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtestɪd//-ing form testing
BrE BrE//ˈtestɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtestɪŋ//Teaching and learning, Experiments and research, Medical examinations, School life
that you have used or relied on in the past successfully a tried and tested method for solving the problem More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet. Phrasal Verbstest for something