Meaning of SAMPLE in English

SAMPLE

/ ˈsɑːmpl; NAmE ˈsæmpl/ noun , verb

■ noun

1.

a number of people or things taken from a larger group and used in tests to provide information about the group :

The interviews were given to a random sample of students.

The survey covers a representative sample of schools.

a sample survey

2.

a small amount of a substance taken from a larger amount and tested in order to obtain information about the substance :

a blood sample

Samples of the water contained pesticide.

3.

a small amount or example of sth that can be looked at or tried to see what it is like :

'I'd like to see a sample of your work,' said the manager.

a free sample of shampoo

4.

( technical ) a piece of recorded music or sound that is used in a new piece of music

■ verb [ vn ]

1.

to try a small amount of a particular food to see what it is like; to experience sth for a short time to see what it is like :

I sampled the delights of Greek cooking for the first time.

2.

( technical ) to test, question, etc., part of sth 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.

( technical ) to record part of a piece of music, or a sound, in order to use it in a new piece of music

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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.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.