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

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Noun the auto gave people a level of mobility that they had never known before
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Detroit Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan breaks down the new and innovative features on the new 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Fear of job loss, uncertainty stalls car buyers — so Ford came up with an idea," 29 June 2020 So far, his government has taken some action, such as increasing inspections of goods coming into Indian ports from China and cancelling a $500 million for a Chinese car company to build an auto plant in India. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Why did India just ban TikTok?," 29 June 2020 Hundreds of thousands of auto workers were laid off, and the industry scrambled to restart car production. Sharon Carty, Car and Driver, "Sharon Silke Carty: Why Tackle the Greatest Cars of All Time Now?," 28 June 2020 Those concerns are outlined below, per Duhaney's memo: Existing businesses, including an auto repair business at the corner of Eighth and Plum streets, will not be able to access garage bays if Plum Street closes. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Here are the issues with closing Plum Street for the 'Black Lives Matter!' mural," 27 June 2020 Most current Google users will still need to manually set 18-month or three-month auto-delete. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Security News This Week: Julian Assange Faces New Conspiracy Allegations," 27 June 2020 An unusual legal standoff between rival auto makers General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV took a new turn Friday, when GM resisted a judge’s order to have the companies’ CEOs meet in person to resolve a continuing lawsuit out of court. Mike Colias, WSJ, "GM Resists Judge’s Order Requiring CEOs Meet to Settle Racketeering Lawsuit," 26 June 2020 This interleukin-1beta blocker is FDA-approved to treat certain rare types of periodic fever syndromes, also called auto-inflammatory syndromes. Jen Christensen, CNN, "A coronavirus vaccine is still months away, but an antibody treatment could be closer," 26 June 2020 The auto repair firm will continue to occupy the building, which was constructed in 2006 at 2941 Lake Vista Drive. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Caliber Collision’s Lewisville headquarters and Denton County land are among D-FW property sales," 26 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His Optimum Shotgun Performance shotgun school helps improve the skills of more than 2.000 students annually, and Ash was instrumental in the design of Mossberg’s new 930 Pro-Series sporting clays semi-auto shotgun. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Expert Shotgun Shooting Tips from Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays Pros," 16 June 2020 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

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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 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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