au·​to | \ ˈȯ-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce auto (audio) , ˈä- \
plural autos

Definition of auto

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Definition of auto- (Entry 3 of 3)

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Examples of auto in a Sentence

Noun the auto gave people a level of mobility that they had never known before
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brandon Richter wanted to open his brewery in an old auto garage. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 7 June 2021 Bloomberg reported that iOS 15 iMessage updates will include new options for automatic replies, beyond the existing auto-reply for when users are driving. Clare Duffy And Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 6 June 2021 The single man had collected unemployment compensation last year after auto factories shut down during the pandemic. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2021 And all three are looking forward to their future: Brown plans to work at a dealership and one day open an auto shop. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, 4 June 2021 Some lenders will reduce the interest rate slightly for those who enroll in auto debit. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Add to that a higher inflation trend, and potential for Fed rate hikes that could weigh on auto financing. Trefis Team, Forbes, 4 June 2021 That will be an improvement over the current auto-reply feature, which is only currently available while driving. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 4 June 2021 Javorcik said auto and steel are two important industries in his country. Karen Caffarini,, 3 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Non-auto industries with a more sophisticated supply chain managed to handle the crisis better. Neil Winton, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Further coverage of the ex-auto executive, selected by WSJ editors. Nick Kostov, WSJ, 24 May 2021 The officer took possession of a Colt semi-auto gun and an Iver Johnson Arms revolver. John Benson, cleveland, 5 May 2021 What, at first glance looks like a trim semi-auto pistol is really my Smith & Wesson Straight Line target pistol. The Editors, Field & Stream, 23 Feb. 2021 All that torque is delivered through an 8-speed semi-auto gearbox. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 The criticism from cyclists is striking, because bike and transit groups are usually closely allied in arguing for better conditions for non-auto transportation. Adam Vaccaro,, 21 Aug. 2020 The SD-C is very similar to Geissele’s SSA trigger, the semi-auto version of the select-fire trigger that Geissele makes for the U.S. Special Operations community. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, 19 Nov. 2020 The basic design, however, has changed little from the original, which used a then-unique 10-round rotary magazine to feed a reliable blowback semi-auto action. Mike Dickerson, Field & Stream, 19 Aug. 2020

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1899, in the meaning defined above


1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Auto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of auto-

: self : same one
: automatic : acting by itself


au·​to | \ ˈȯ-tō How to pronounce auto (audio) \
plural autos

Kids Definition of auto


Kids Definition of auto-

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