re·​test (ˌ)rē-ˈtest How to pronounce retest (audio)
retested; retesting
transitive : to evaluate, measure, or identify (something or someone) again by means of a test
In English I, 77,623 students who were retested in the spring failed again.Terrence Stutz
… his team tutored and retested a group of healthy elderly volunteers on whom he'd gathered data for 14 years.Marilyn Chase
… cats may test negative for some time after they are exposed and should be retested 90 days after possible exposure.Cat Fancy
The doctors were retesting him for cystic fibrosis.Gary Smith
intransitive : to be tested again
… Rhodes has instituted a new policy allowing students to retest at any time, letting them leap forward when they're ready.Brian Thevenot
retest noun
plural retests
He failed and had to return for a retest.
She passed the retest.
I was happy to hear that, six months later in January, her retest remained normal. Andrew Weil

Examples of retest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is that the experience has given economists new opportunities to retest old theories about matters such as unemployment benefits and the labor market. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2023 Pediatric experts say that parents should continue to follow CDC and county guidelines and protocol when a child tests positive, and resist the urge to retest their children after a positive test, since the results are likely only to create further confusion. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Sep. 2021 Jain found 10 positives among the guests but was able to repeatedly retest them to ensure that by the time some events occurred days later, most were no longer infectious and could attend with masks. Meredith Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr. 2022 The exam is administered in the spring but students can retest in the summer. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Aug. 2023 Officials have to lure poll workers away from vacations, relocate polling places booked for summer weddings, maintenance, or other events, and repeatedly retest ballot language after the state’s high court found errors. Julie Carr Smyth,, 26 June 2023 Clean the lenses with a damp cotton swab, then retest. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 30 June 2023 As classrooms reopened in the fall, the district required all returning students and staff to take a baseline test, then to retest weekly regardless of vaccination status as a condition of in-person instruction. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2022 On Thursday, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a delayed delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines made by the Serum Institute, in addition to the need to retest them, would postpone its immunization program. Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of retest was in 1778

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“Retest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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