auto

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

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 As the pair danced and sang on the sixth floor of a building owned by auto dealer and broadcast pioneer Earle C. Anthony, the performance was transmitted to the lobby. Lynn Elber, ajc, 3 Dec. 2021 This robot vacuum has four cleaning modes (auto clean, spot clean, wall follow clean, and manual clean) and suction that exerts up to 1,800 pascals of power. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 3 Dec. 2021 He was wanted out of Vigo County for escape charges, resisting law enforcement, six counts of theft, possession of a syringe and auto theft. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Dec. 2021 The corruption scandal sent high-ranking former union officials and auto executives to prison. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 3 Dec. 2021 Machine Gun Kelly stopped by The Tonight Show to showcase his auto-tune abilities alongside host Jimmy Fallon. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 2 Dec. 2021 According to auto club AAA, over 53 million Americans were estimated to have traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday, an increase from last year. Alexander Tin, Alex Sundby, CBS News, 2 Dec. 2021 Instead, auto plants built bombers, tanks and jeeps. Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2021 Other exhibits are geared toward auto enthusiasts such as the MOPAR Mafia exhibit, the Village Vette Corvette Club area, cars from Mario Andretti, a luxury and exotics display and a meetup from Cars and Coffee Central Florida. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Further coverage of the ex-auto executive, selected by WSJ editors. Sean Mclain, WSJ, 14 June 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/auto. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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auto

noun

English Language Learners Definition of auto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

auto-

combining form

English Language Learners Definition of auto- (Entry 3 of 2)

: self : same one
: automatic : acting by itself

auto

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

Kids Definition of auto

auto-

Kids Definition of auto-

— see aut-

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