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

Noun the auto gave people a level of mobility that they had never known before
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its roads are lined with stores selling auto parts, clothes, shoes, sweets, spices, bangles, and electronics; street venders push carts full of lassi, pani-puri, mangoes, and samosas. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 Nadler was raised in an Orthodox Jewish household in Brooklyn, the son of a poultry farmer turned auto parts salesman. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 The nonprofit Mend on the Move sold jewelry made from motor city auto parts. Donovan Fobbs, Detroit Free Press, 17 July 2022 But there’s one corner of the automotive realm that does well then: auto parts. Larry Light, Fortune, 14 July 2022 The auto parts business became Hood’s Car Care Clinic in 1980, when demand for his flourishing mechanical skills reached a point where a full transformation to an automotive repair center was required. Scott Talley,, 26 June 2022 The raw materials that these laborers produce disappear into complex and secretive supply chains, often passing through multiple companies as they are turned into auto parts, electronics and other goods. New York Times, 20 June 2022 Golden State has to pick up about 150 containers loaded with auto parts, appliances and electronics from the port terminals every day. John Francis Peters, ProPublica, 16 June 2022 Besides typical auto parts, customers can find merchandise with Lexus and Toyota logos, such as water bottles, mugs, hats and keychains to designer purses, jewelry, resort wear, sunglasses, sandals, spa items and greeting cards. Melinda Moore, Chicago Tribune, 14 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective He also is suspected of firing a gun in New Britain — again, no one was hurt — and three times fleeing police who were on a special anti-auto theft detail in Newington. Christine Dempsey,, 11 Jan. 2022 The man also described the gun that was pointed at him as a dull silver semi-auto, possibly a Sig-Sauer brand gun, documents say. oregonlive, 28 Oct. 2021 On Derby day, about 170,000 spectators, who pay at least around $400 for a reserved seat, cram into the largest non-auto racing sports venue in the country. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 To fill that position, our semi-auto sniper rifle has been given some new upgrades. Erik Kain, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Further coverage of the ex-auto executive, selected by WSJ editors. Sean Mclain, WSJ, 19 July 2021 Their version of the 3½, all-load semi-auto uses a series of seven ports in the chamber. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 23 Dec. 2020 Further coverage of the ex-auto executive, selected by WSJ editors. Sean Mclain, WSJ, 19 July 2021 Further coverage of the ex-auto executive, selected by WSJ editors. Sean Mclain, WSJ, 19 July 2021 See More

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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 How to pronounce auto (audio) \
plural autos

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