[ 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.

  1. 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

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How to use pretest in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pretest


/ (priːˈtɛst) /

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

  1. the act or instance of pretesting

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