auto

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

Definition of auto

 (Entry 1 of 3)

auto

adjective

Definition of auto (Entry 2 of 3)

Definition of auto- (Entry 3 of 3)

— see aut-

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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

As the world’s top auto makers ramp up EV sales over the coming years, their profits will come under immense strain. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Electric Vehicles Are Better for Wall Street Than Detroit," 13 May 2019 The Trump administration is also weighing imposing tariffs on automobiles and auto parts under the Section 232 authority, a move that some GOP lawmakers believe could be economically ruinous. Erica Werner, BostonGlobe.com, "In symbolic rebuke, Senate votes for a congressional role in Trump’s tariff decisions," 11 July 2018 Canada and Mexico did get the US to make a side agreement that largely protects them from possible auto tariffs under 232, but the steel and aluminum tariffs remain in place. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The three countries signed the deal at the G20 on Friday.," 30 Nov. 2018 China moved to ease some rules relating to auto imports this spring, permitting some automakers to own factories in the country without the traditional 50 percent government ownership. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tesla buys 210-acre site for factory in Shanghai," 17 Oct. 2018 Trump is also sparring with the European Union over his threat to tax auto imports and with Canada and Mexico over his push to rewrite the North American trade pact. Author: Paul Wiseman, Josh Boakap, Anchorage Daily News, "US-China trade war elevates the risks to the global economy," 7 July 2018 Chief Executive Elon Musk and the Securities and Exchange Commission have been granted another week to work out their dispute over whether the auto executive violated an order restricting his use of social media. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Elon Musk, SEC Granted Court Delay in Talks Over Disputed Tweets," 18 Apr. 2019 The inflation auto-adjusts to maintain your setting. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Sleep Number 360 P6 Smart Bed," 5 Apr. 2019 With hyperburst, the G11’s recoil buffer prevented a strong recoil impulse from the three rounds, greatly improving accuracy over normal full-auto fire. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "We Got Our Hands on an HK G11, the Space-Age Rifle That Never Was," 20 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Mexico may agree to proposals that end up requiring somewhat more auto parts to be made in the U.S. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "As Trump Talks Tough on Trade, Worries Mount Over Lack of Action," 28 May 2018 Those in the coldest climates may want to purchase a battery warmer, available at most auto parts stores or online. David Muller, Car and Driver, "How Severe Cold Affects Your Car (and What to Do about It)," 5 Jan. 2018 Records also showed Harris had called a handful of auto glass repair shops and had searched online for car covers, according to the complaint. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed beloved Milwaukee crossing guard Andrew Tyler," 21 Dec. 2017 Auto critic Mark Phelan contributed to this report. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "View from a tire-burning, 840-horsepower Dodge Demon gives a taste of Roadkill Nights," 11 Aug. 2017 Auto stop-start can shut down the engine from speeds as high as 14 mph and now uses the camera to read the car’s surroundings. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "2019 Audi A8: Flagship Floats on Active Suspension," 12 July 2017 Auto hauler and logistics provider Jack Cooper has reached a deal with bondholders to restructure more than $400 million in debt. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ," 20 June 2017 A GASKET: Auto parts retailer AutoZone stumbled after its results were weaker than expected. Marley Jay, The Mercury News, "U.S. stocks inch higher as health care companies gain ground," 23 May 2017 Auto demand in China has been cooling since Beijing raised a sales tax on small-engine vehicles at the start of the year, putting off drivers from buying cars. Kelvin Chan, Fox News, "China auto sales shrink in April as demand cools sharply," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of auto

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of auto was in 1876

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English Language Learners Definition of auto-

: self : same one
: automatic : acting by itself

auto

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

Kids Definition of auto

auto-

Kids Definition of auto-

see aut-

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