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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Total property losses, not including infrastructure and autos, could reach $7 billion, the firm Karen Clark & Co. estimated. Washington Post, "Aid effort picks up momentum as some Bahamians seek way out," 6 Sep. 2019 Detroit’s fall after the auto-restructuring and manufacturing shift in the city have left many wondering if Detroit would ever be able to come back from the ashes. NBC News, "Detroit may be going through a revival, but how does this impact education?," 6 Sep. 2019 Twelve other states have adopted those standards and account for a third of the U.S. auto market. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Trump administration launches legal attack on carmakers' fuel-economy deal with California," 6 Sep. 2019 The strip malls and roadside enterprises are a mix of Mexican grocery stores, restaurants, tax and financial services catering to immigrant families, auto repair shops, florists, flea markets, and clothing stores with dresses and Western wear. Nick Rahaim,, "Salinas is more than Steinbeck. An insider’s guide to visiting the city," 5 Sep. 2019 Lake Oswego police plan an auto/pedestrian school zone enforcement detail Thursday morning from 8-9:15 a.m. on Country Club Road near the High and Junior High schools. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday traffic: Crash into power pole closes Kane Drive in Gresham," 5 Sep. 2019 California has had stricter fuel economy and auto emissions standards for decades. CBS News, "Trump plans to revoke California fuel economy standards," 5 Sep. 2019 Total property losses, not including infrastructure and autos, could reach $7 billion, the firm Karen Clark & Co. estimated. Michael Weissenstein, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Like zombies’: Victims of Bahamas hurricane confront massive scale of disaster," 5 Sep. 2019 After a few low-key introductions for friends and family, Orchestrated Minds Brewing will make its formal debut on Friday, Sept. 6, in a former auto body shop in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Dorsey-Riverbend community. Ben Crandell,, "New Fort Lauderdale brewery Orchestrated Minds makes formal debut on Friday," 4 Sep. 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


1899, in the meaning defined above


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


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

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Kids Definition of auto-

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