Meaning of TEST in English
/ test; NAmE / noun , verb
OF KNOWLEDGE / ABILITY
test (on sth) an examination of sb's knowledge or ability, consisting of questions for them to answer or activities for them to perform :
an IQ / intelligence / aptitude test
to take a test
( BrE )
to do a test
a test on irregular verbs
to pass / fail a test
( BrE )
a good mark in the test
( NAmE )
a good grade on the test
—see also driving test ➡ note at exam
a medical examination to discover what is wrong with you or to check the condition of your health :
a test for AIDS
an eye test
a pregnancy test
When can I get my test results ?
—see also blood test , breath test
OF MACHINE / PRODUCT, etc.
an experiment to discover whether or how well sth works, or to find out more information about it :
a nuclear test
Tests have shown high levels of pollutants in the water.
I'll run a diagnostic test to see why the server keeps crashing.
—see also acid test , blind test , field test , means test , road test
OF STRENGTH, etc.
a situation or an event that shows how good, strong, etc. sb/sth is :
The local elections will be a good test of the government's popularity.
IN CRICKET, etc.
Test = Test match
- put sb/sth to the test
- stand the test of time
KNOWLEDGE / ABILITY
to find out how much sb knows, or what they can do by asking them questions or giving them activities to perform :
[ vn ]
We test your English before deciding which class to put you in.
Children are tested on core subjects at ages 7, 11 and 14.
[ v ]
Schools use various methods of testing.
test sb/sth (for sth) 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 :
[ vn ]
to test sb's eyesight / hearing
The doctor tested him for hepatitis.
[ v - adj ]
to test positive / negative
Two athletes tested positive for steroids.
MACHINE / PRODUCT, etc.
[ vn ] test sth (on sth / for sth) | test sth out to use or try a machine, substance, etc. to find out how well it works or to find out more information about it :
Test your brakes regularly.
Our beauty products are not tested on animals.
The water is regularly tested for purity.
They opened a single store in Europe to test out the market.
—see also field-test
[ vn ] to be difficult and therefore need all your strength, ability, etc. :
The long climb tested our fitness and stamina.
—see also testing
- test the waters
—more at tried
- test for sth | test sth for sth
late Middle English (denoting a container used to treat gold or silver alloys or ore): via Old French from Latin testu , testum earthen pot, variant of testa jug, shell. The verb dates from the early 17th cent.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005