[ ig-zam ]
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  1. an examination, as in school.

Origin of exam

First recorded in 1875–80; short form

Other definitions for exam. (2 of 2)


  1. examination.

  2. examined.

  1. examinee.

  2. examiner.

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How to use exam in a sentence

  • In three or four years he had passed his exams, got a junior partnership worth easily two thousand dollars a year.

    Corporal Cameron | Ralph Connor
  • He hated medical exams, especially those where parts of one's body were hooked up to a lot of impressive machinery.

    The Brain | Alexander Blade
  • The exams are quite easy for a man of your powerful intellect, and you only have to eat a few dinners and get called.

    Lady Lilith | Stephen McKenna
  • So, in case I can use you on the team, you would have to go up for your exams two months or more ahead of time.

    The Young Pitcher | Zane Grey
  • You have to pass your exams, get your first year over, before you can represent any athletic club.

    The Young Pitcher | Zane Grey

British Dictionary definitions for exam


/ (ɪɡˈzæm) /

  1. short for examination

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