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"road test" in British English

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road testnoun [C]

uk   /ˈrəʊd ˌtest/  us   /ˈroʊd ˌtest/
  • road test noun [C] (TEST FOR CAR/DRIVER)

If you give a car a road test, you drive it to test its safety or how well it works.
US a test of a driver's ability to control a vehicle, which must be passed in order to get official permission to drive
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  • road test noun [C] (TEST OF PRODUCT/IDEA)

the act of trying something such as a product or idea, in order to find out whether it works well: We ran a road test on two new digital radios.

road testverb [T]

(also road-test)
to try something such as a product or idea, in order to find out whether it works well: The company may offer free samples of its skincare products so you can road test them. The author road-tested her children's stories on her own kids.
(Definition of road test from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"road test" in American English

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road testnoun [C]

 us   /ˈroʊd ˌtest/
  • road test noun [C] (DRIVING TEST)

an official test of driving skill that must be passed in order to obtain a driver's license
  • road test noun [C] (VEHICLE TEST)

a test of a new vehicle, machine, or idea to see how well it works: The truck currently is undergoing a seven-day road test and initial reports are good.
(Definition of road test from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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