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English noun: test

1. test (cognition) trying something to find out about it

SamplesA sample for ten days free trial.
A trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain.

Synonymstrial, trial run, tryout

Broader (hypernym)experiment, experimentation

Narrower (hyponym)alpha test, beta test, field test, field trial, road test, trial balloon

2. test (act) any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc

SamplesThe test was standardized on a large sample of students.

Synonymsmental test, mental testing, psychometric test

Broader (hypernym)mental measurement

Narrower (hyponym)intelligence test, IQ test, personality test, sub-test

3. test (communication) a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge

SamplesWhen the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions.

Synonymsexam, examination

Broader (hypernym)communicating, communication

Narrower (hyponym)bar exam, bar examination, comp, comprehensive, comprehensive examination, entrance exam, entrance examination, exam paper, examination paper, final, final exam, final examination, litmus test, midterm, midterm exam, midterm examination, oral, oral exam, oral examination, prelim, preliminary exam, preliminary examination, question sheet, quiz, test paper, tripos, viva, viva voce

4. test (act) the act of undergoing testing

SamplesHe survived the great test of battle.
Candidates must compete in a trial of skill.


Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

5. test (act) the act of testing something

SamplesIn the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately.
He called each flip of the coin a new trial.

Synonymsrun, trial

Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

Narrower (hyponym)assay, audition, clinical test, clinical trial, double blind, field trial, fitting, Ministry of Transportation test, MOT, MOT test, pilot program, pilot project, preclinical phase, preclinical test, preclinical trial, Snellen test, try-on, trying on, tryout

6. test (animal) a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins

Broader (hypernym)cover, covering, natural covering

English verb: test

1. test (social) put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

SamplesThis approach has been tried with good results.
Test this recipe.

Synonymsessay, examine, prove, try, try out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)control, field-test, float, verify

2. test (social) test or examine for the presence of disease or infection

SamplesScreen the blood for the HIV virus.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)check

3. test (communication) examine someone's knowledge of something

SamplesThe teacher tests us every week.
We got quizzed on French irregular verbs.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)examine

Verb grouptest

4. test (stative) show a certain characteristic when tested

SamplesHe tested positive for HIV.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)be

5. test (competition) achieve a certain score or rating on a test

SamplesShe tested high on the LSAT and was admitted to all the good law schools.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)score

Verb grouptest

6. test (communication) determine the presence or properties of (a substance)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ascertain, check, determine, find out, learn, see, watch

7. test (cognition) undergo a test

SamplesShe doesn't test well.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)submit, take

Verb groupquiz, test, test

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