test Definition

  • 1a procedure intended to establish the quality, performance, or reliability of something, especially before it is taken into widespread use
  • 2a set of questions or exercises designed to assess knowledge or skill

Using test: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "test" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The new car model is undergoing a series of tests before it is released to the market.

  • Example

    The teacher gave us a test to measure our understanding of the subject.

  • Example

    The athlete had to pass a drug test before competing in the tournament.

test Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with test

  • to subject something or someone to a trial or experiment to determine its quality or worth


    The new product was put to the test by a group of experts.

  • a rigorous or crucial test that determines the true value or quality of something


    The final exam was an acid test for the students' knowledge of the subject.

  • blood test

    a medical test that analyzes a sample of blood to diagnose a disease or condition


    The doctor ordered a blood test to check for any abnormalities.

Origins of test

from Old French 'teste', meaning 'pot, head'


Summary: test in Brief

The term 'test' [test] refers to a procedure or set of questions designed to assess the quality, performance, or reliability of something. It can be used to evaluate knowledge or skill, as in 'The teacher gave us a test to measure our understanding of the subject.' 'Test' also extends into phrases like 'put to the test,' and idioms like 'acid test,' denoting a rigorous or crucial evaluation.

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