au·​to | \ˈȯ-(ˌ)tō, ˈä-\
plural autos

Definition of auto 

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Definition of auto (Entry 2 of 3)

Definition of auto- (Entry 3 of 3)

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Examples of auto in a Sentence


the auto gave people a level of mobility that they had never known before

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Voxx, meanwhile, has landed deals with major auto manufacturers, including Nissan and Mazda, for its in-seat technology. Marco Santana,, "Orlando tech firms UniKey, Voxx team up to push toward keyless, fobless car-door entry," 12 July 2018 At the time, authorities told KGET that Gazca was wanted for robbery, conspiracy and auto theft. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "California police say man with 'Air Jordan' face tattoo no longer 'wanted' in connection to assault, robbery," 30 June 2018 Adam Ball, 31, of Louisville, was arrested Wednesday and is charged with evading arrest, auto theft and operating a vehicle with expired plates and an invalid license, according to Metro Corrections. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police arrest suspect after SWAT standoff in Taylor Berry," 28 June 2018 Baytown police are searching for several suspects linked to car burglaries and an auto theft that occurred this week in the Goose Creek Landing subdivision. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Video: Baytown police searching for burglary, auto theft suspects," 27 June 2018 Williams does not appear in the Florida Department of Corrections offender database, but was on probation for the auto theft conviction. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Slain rapper XXXTentacion gets sendoff at memorial in Florida hockey arena," 27 June 2018 Castellano was under investigation by a Redmond Police Department plainclothes team that investigates auto thefts, burglaries, identity thefts and felony drug crimes, according to court records. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Police: 5 detectives involved in deadly shooting at Kirkland Safeway," 23 June 2018 Police initially booked Aubrey on suspicion of auto theft and identity theft as well as a parole violation. Matt Hamilton,, "Parolee suspected of killing his mother and dumping her body," 22 June 2018 An auto theft done on a lark in his teens nets him a year and change in prison. João Dumans, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Araby,’ the Story of a Wandering Laborer," 21 June 2018

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


1899, in the meaning defined above


1876, in the meaning defined above

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au·​to | \ˈȯ-tō \
plural autos

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something that serves to warn or remind

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