auto

noun
au·​to | \ ˈȯ-(ˌ)tō, 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

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In addition to undergoing six months of vocal lessons and learning to play the auto-harp, Witherspoon’s research included looking through the late singer’s closet for inspiration. Maria Ward, Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Reese Witherspoon," 10 Jan. 2019 The company’s portfolio is still skewed toward poor-selling small vehicles: Roughly 42% of Nissan sales last year were cars, even though autos accounted for 32% of U.S. sales overall. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Nissan Needs a New Carlos Ghosn," 8 Jan. 2019 On Sunday, auto blog Electrek reported that there were more than 3,300 Model 3 vehicles sitting in Tesla's US inventory, according to an unnamed source familiar with the matter. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Report: Tesla has more than 3,300 Model 3s remaining in US inventory," 31 Dec. 2018 The move has been widely criticized by environmental activists, state legislators, and auto industry representatives. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Trump Administration Forecasts 7 Degrees Fahrenheit of Global Warming by 2100," 28 Sep. 2018 Worse, auto executives fear that price hikes due to tariffs will hurt automobile sales and corporate profits. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "Tesla's China factory: Will it ever be built?," 10 July 2018 About one in 10 people fail to pay within 90 days of their repayment date—a higher rate of delinquency than mortgages, credit card debts, and auto loans, according to the New York Fed. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "New TruTV Game Show Lets Student Borrowers Compete to Tame Their Debt," 5 July 2018 Autoworkers and auto executives, sometimes at the same table. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "Tavern always on the rocks serves nostalgia with a twist," 18 June 2018 Once lingering safety concerns are resolved, the longtime auto executive Bob Lutz — credited with leading the introduction of the Dodge Viper, the Pontiac GTO and other iconic models — sees autonomous cars as inevitable. Robert C. Yeager, New York Times, "When Cars Do the Driving, Who Will Feel the Joy?," 14 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

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1876, in the meaning defined above

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auto

noun
au·​to | \ ˈȯ-tō \
plural autos

Kids Definition of auto

auto-

Kids Definition of auto-

see aut-

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