transitive verb-·drove· , -·driv·en , -·driv·ing
- to drive (a motor vehicle) under actual operating conditions for the purpose of evaluation, as before a purchase
- to test the performance of under actual operating conditions
transitive verbtest-drove, test-driv·en, test-driv·ing, test-drives
- test′ drive′
(third-person singular simple present test-drives, present participle test-driving, simple past test-drove, past participle test-driven)
(plural test drives)
(third-person singular simple present test drives, present participle test driving, simple past test drove, past participle test driven)
- To take a motor vehicle on the road to assess its quality before purchase.
- (figuratively) To make a preliminary assessment of something through its use.