Definition of exam in English:

exam

noun

  • 1

    ‘he was likely to fail his exams again’
    short for examination
    [as modifier] ‘exam results’
    • ‘He basically fails all his exams and is only kept at the school because of his wealth.’
    • ‘The one upcoming thing I have is on Friday I'm going to get the results of the exams I took in January.’
    • ‘The FSA now prefers to assess them on their term work rather than their exam results.’
    • ‘Problems with the exams could mean results being delayed for both GCSEs and A-levels.’
    • ‘The result of the exam is given in a number between one and fifty, fifty being the highest.’
    • ‘It was up to the individual to work although if you failed exams too often you might be sent down.’
    • ‘She hated exams and failed everything, and was told at an early age that she was not very bright.’
    • ‘We are aware he was ill during the exam period and he actually believed he had failed the exam.’
    • ‘Work begins on the systems required to collate and mark continuous assessment and exams.’
    • ‘To qualify, you have to do two written exams, an oral exam and umpire in a number of matches over two seasons.’
    • ‘The next year he again failed the exam and, according to some historians, had a nervous breakdown.’
    • ‘His schedule is pretty packed now as a result of exams, but he finds the time to relax.’
    • ‘If a boy failed his exams he could always join the army or get an apprenticeship.’
    • ‘Students at Wyke College in Hull are still waiting for the correct results of exams they sat last summer.’
    • ‘The ultra-low holiday prices offered in May could be the reason that a pupil fails to take an exam.’
    • ‘Some pupils weren't as smart as others so they failed an exam and were held back to repeat the same year.’
    • ‘Worrying over the results after the exam is a futile exercise as you cannot alter the result.’
    • ‘Send the results of any other exams you've taken directly to the university.’
    • ‘Pupils who sit the exam but fail or get a lower grade than expected can also appeal.’
    • ‘If she fails in the entrance exam, she has said she would try again and never give up.’
    test, examination, paper, question paper, oral, practical, assessment
    set of questions, set of exercises
    viva, viva voce
    quiz
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  • 2North American [with adjective or noun modifier] A medical test of a specified kind.

    ‘routine eye exams’
    • ‘This is what she had written on that questionnaire ages ago after her medical exam.’
    • ‘There was no attempt to question that, no requirement for him to have a medical exam or attend for a re-test.’
    • ‘Optos's Optomap retinal exam gives an optometrist a wide angled view of a patient's retina.’
    • ‘Some insurers and banks are needlessly holding up the process with medical exams.’
    • ‘She wouldn't wait for blood work or a chest film, so I conducted a quick exam in a noisy cubicle.’
    • ‘The one where the Watcher's council makes her undergo some sort of rectal exam.’
    • ‘Not too impressed with the quality of medical care base on the physical exam visit.’
    • ‘Spina bifida, especially if severe, can be diagnosed before birth by ultrasound exam.’
    • ‘A young Native American woman went to a doctor for her first ever physical exam.’

Pronunciation:

exam

/iɡˈzam/