au·to·mak·er | \ ˈȯ-tō-ˌmā-kər , ˈä-tō- \

Definition of automaker 

: a manufacturer of automobiles

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American automakers were focused on surviving an economic collapse, not developing tech that could devastate their businesses. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Beijing is using access to its market as leverage to induce global automakers to help Chinese brands develop battery and other technology. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "Tesla will build its 1st factory outside US in Shanghai," 10 July 2018 Beijing is using access to its market as leverage to induce global automakers to help Chinese brands develop battery and other technology. Joe Mcdonald, USA TODAY, "BMW group and Great Wall Motors partner to make electric MINIs in China," 10 July 2018 The team is owned by the Agnelli family, which also controls the American SUV automaker’s parent company Fiat Chrysler. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Ronaldo a wheeler? Juventus move makes superstar the world's most famous Jeep salesman," 10 July 2018 Other automakers have also looked to skip past the chicken tax. Todd C. Frankel,, "Ford's creative efforts to avoid $250 million in 'chicken tax' tariffs under scrutiny," 9 July 2018 Brown said Tuesday that scaling back mileage improvements would, in the end, hurt American automakers more than help them. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Brown slams “Outlaw Pruitt” as California sues EPA over clean-car rules," 1 May 2018 Once, my team inadvertently erased a major automaker’s American customer database, due to a miscommunication over a change to systems that synchronized consumer website information with a mainframe that managed warranty records. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Atlanta's Boring Ransomware Attack," 28 Mar. 2018 Tesla continues to grapple with a conundrum that’s quite different from what other automakers face with their own fully electric cars. Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "First Deliveries of $35K Version of Tesla Model 3 Delayed until Late 2018," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of automaker

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of automaker was in 1899

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English Language Learners Definition of automaker

: a company that makes and sells cars : an automobile manufacturer

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