[noun pree-test; verb pree-test]
  1. an advance or preliminary testing or trial, as of a new product.
  2. a test given to determine if students are sufficiently prepared to begin a new course of study.
  3. a test taken for practice.
verb (used with object)
  1. to give a pretest to (a student, product, etc.).
verb (used without object)
  1. to conduct a pretest: to pretest for consumer acceptance.

Origin of pretest

First recorded in 1945–50; pre- + test1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for pre-testing


verb (tr)
  1. to test (something) before presenting it to its intended public or client
noun (ˈpriːtɛst)
  1. the act or instance of pretesting
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Word Origin and History for pre-testing


also pre-test, 1949 (v. and n.), from pre- + test.

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