[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 pretest


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 pretest

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

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