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trial
  • noun
    A formal examination of evidence by a judge, typically before a jury, in order to decide guilt in a case of criminal or civil proceedings. (the newspaper accounts of the trial)
    A test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something. (clinical trials must establish whether the new hip replacements are working)
    A person, experience, or situation that tests a person's endurance or forbearance. (the trials and tribulations of married life)
    verb
    Test (something, especially a new product) to assess its suitability or performance. (teachers all over the UK are trialling the materials)
    (of a horse, dog, or other animal) compete in trials. (the pup trialled on Saturday)

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