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pretest

[n. pree-test; v. pree-test] /n. ˈpriˌtɛst; v. priˈtɛst/
noun
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)
4.
to give a pretest to (a student, product, etc.).
verb (used without object)
5.
to conduct a pretest:
to pretest for consumer acceptance.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; pre- + test
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British Dictionary definitions for pretest

pretest

/priːˈtɛst/
verb (transitive)
1.
to test (something) before presenting it to its intended public or client
noun (ˈpriːtɛst)
2.
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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