[ test-drahyv ]
/ ˈtɛstˌdraɪv /

verb (used with object), test-drove, test-driv·en, test-driv·ing.

to drive (a vehicle) on the highway or a special track or route in order to evaluate performance and reliability.

Origin of test-drive

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for test-drive


verb -drives, -driving, -drove or -driven (tr)

to drive (a car or other motor vehicle) for a limited period in order to assess its capabilities and limitations
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