[ noun pree-test; verb pree-test ]
/ noun ˈpriˌtɛst; verb priˈtɛst /


an advance or preliminary testing or trial, as of a new product.
a test given to determine if students are sufficiently prepared to begin a new course of study.
a test taken for practice.

verb (used with object)

to give a pretest to (a student, product, etc.).

verb (used without object)

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. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for pre-testing

/ (priːˈtɛst) /

verb (tr)

to test (something) before presenting it to its intended public or client

noun (ˈpriːtɛst)

the act or instance of pretesting
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