(noun, verb)


1. trying something to find out about it

Similar word(s): trial, tryout

Definition categories: thought, experiment, experimentation

2. any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc

- the test was standardized on a large sample of students

Definition categories: act

3. a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge

- when the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions

Similar word(s): exam, examination

Definition categories: communication, communicating

4. the act of undergoing testing

- he survived the great test of battle

Similar word(s): trial

Definition categories: act, attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

5. the act of testing something

Similar word(s): run, trial

Definition categories: act, attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

6. a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins

Definition categories: animal, cover, covering


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

- Test this recipe

Similar word(s): essay, examine, prove, try

Definition categories: social, evaluate, judge

2. test or examine for the presence of disease or infection

Similar word(s): screen

Definition categories: social, check

3. examine someone's knowledge of something

- The teacher tests us every week

Similar word(s): quiz

Definition categories: communication, examine

4. show a certain characteristic when tested

- He tested positive for HIV

Definition categories: stative, be

5. achieve a certain score or rating on a test

- She tested high on the LSAT and was admitted to all the good law schools

Definition categories: competition, score

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

Definition categories: communication, ascertain, check, determine, learn, see, watch

7. undergo a test

- She doesn't test well

Definition categories: cognition, submit, take

Sentences with test as a verb:

- Climbing the mountain tested our stamina.

- to test the soundness of a principle; to test the validity of an argument

- He tested positive for cancer.

- to test a solution by litmus paper