"tests" in the noun sense
1. trial, trial run, test, tryout
trying something to find out about it
"a sample for ten days free trial"
"a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
2. test, mental test, mental testing, psychometric test
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"
3. examination, exam, test
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"
4. test, trial
the act of undergoing testing
"he survived the great test of battle"
"candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
5. test, trial, run
the act of testing something
"in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"
"he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins
"tests" in the verb sense
1. test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay
put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
"This approach has been tried with good results"
"Test this recipe"
2. screen, test
test or examine for the presence of disease or infection
"screen the blood for the HIV virus"
3. quiz, test
examine someone's knowledge of something
"The teacher tests us every week"
"We got quizzed on French irregular verbs"
show a certain characteristic when tested
"He tested positive for HIV"
achieve a certain score or rating on a test
"She tested high on the LSAT and was admitted to all the good law schools"
determine the presence or properties of (a substance)
undergo a test
"She doesn't test well"
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