au·​to-re·​sponse ˌȯ-tō-ri-ˈspän(t)s How to pronounce auto-response (audio)
variants or less commonly auto response or autoresponse
plural auto-responses also auto responses or autoresponses
: a response sent automatically to incoming messages (such as emails) : a response sent by an autoresponder
He did not immediately return a phone call, and his city e-mail address kicked back an auto-response.Christa Lawler
The company has also made meetings shorter and has streamlined the usual crush of emails with auto responses for perfunctory exchanges.Clarrie Feinstein
… there are a few different situations that warrant autoresponses that you might be interested in building into your automation rules. These include: Welcome texts.TechSling
an auto-response email

Examples of auto-response in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Emails to Side triggered an auto-response that doubled as a press statement. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2024 Because the auto-response features of the air defense system were turned off to avoid shooting down the returning American drone, there was little to no warning of the incoming attack. Haley Ott, CBS News, 29 Jan. 2024 Twitter responded to Ars' request to clarify whether this is a bug or a feature with its signature auto-response poop emoji. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 27 June 2023 Emails inquiring about any new developments to the company’s press account, including one sent for this story, receive an auto-response of a single poop emoji. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 23 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1995, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of auto-response was in 1995

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Cite this Entry

“Auto-response.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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