Date: 1800-1900
Origin: examination


ex‧am S1 [countable]
1 a spoken or written test of knowledge, especially an important one:
At the end of each level, you take an exam.
pass/fail an exam
Did you pass the exam?
He failed the school's entrance exam.
How did you do in your exams?
the stresses of final exams
The exam results will be posted up tomorrow.
oral/written exam
Drivers have to take a written exam as part of their tests.
sit an exam (=take an exam) British English formal:
He'll sit his exams next summer.
2 American EnglishSE the paper on which the questions for an exam are written:
Do not open your exams until I tell you.
3 American EnglishMH a set of medical tests:
an eye exam

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