[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. preterm infant,
  2. pretermission,
  3. pretermit,
  4. preternatural,
  5. preterperfect,
  6. pretext,
  7. pretexta,
  8. pretexting,
  9. pretibial fever,
  10. pretibial myxedema

Origin of pretest

First recorded in 1945–50; pre- + test1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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Word Origin and History for pre-testing


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

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