verb (used with object)
to subject (a person or a specific benefit) to a means test:
The government proposes to means-test Medicare.
verb (used without object)
to perform a means test:
fair and responsible means-testing.
an investigation into the financial position of a person applying for aid from public funds.
a test involving the checking of a person’s income to determine whether he qualifies for financial or social aid from a government Compare needs test
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noun the poorer and rougher section of a city or town Word Origin from a Martin Scorsese film of this name
noun, Astronomy. 1. an imaginary sun moving uniformly in the celestial equator and taking the same time to make its annual circuit as the true sun does in the ecliptic. noun 1. an imaginary sun moving along the celestial equator at a constant rate and completing its annual course in the same time as the […]
[ment] /mɛnt/ verb 1. simple past tense and past participle of 1 . [meen] /min/ verb (used with object), meant, meaning. 1. to have in mind as one’s purpose or intention; intend: I meant to compliment you on your work. Synonyms: contemplate. 2. to intend for a particular purpose, destination, etc.: They were meant for […]
[meen-tahym] /ˈminˌtaɪm/ noun 1. the intervening : The party is Tuesday, but in the meantime I have to shop and prepare the food. adverb 2. . /ˈmiːnˌtaɪm/ noun 1. the intervening time or period, as between events (esp in the phrase in the meantime) adverb 2. another word for meanwhile n. also mean time, mid-14c., […]