au·​to·​mo·​tive | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈmō-tiv \

Definition of automotive

2 : of, relating to, or concerned with self-propelled vehicles or machines

Examples of automotive in a Sentence

The store stocks automotive parts.

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The caution in the automotive world could slow the turbulent changes underway in the industry’s supply chains, where car makers and components suppliers have been teaming up in various forms to address technology changes. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Rerouting for Brexit; Reeling Smartphone Suppliers; Braking Robot Cars," 18 Jan. 2019 Mazda, along with an enormous list of automotive and aircraft manufacturers and a couple of motorcycle makers, licensed the Wankel from NSU and developed their own versions. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019 Less isn't always more in the automotive world—the four-cylinder Kia Stinger isn't as good as the V6 model, for instance. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Audi A4 versus the Audi S5 reviewed—sometimes less is more," 29 Nov. 2018 The sanctions targeted Iran’s financial, automotive and precious metals industries and will also target its oil and banking system in November. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "As Trump administration tightens screws on Iran, top UN official cries foul," 25 Aug. 2018 Paint chipped and concrete crumbling away, the former circuit is an important nod to the past or automotive and motorsports. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Great Drives: A European Tour in a Maserati Levante," 13 July 2018 With all that automotive authority, these are the vehicles that impressed us most in 2018. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Cars Technica cars and SUVs of the year," 30 Dec. 2018 Jaguar had provided some support, and in 2016, Geely came onboard as a main sponsor and automotive partner. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bad news for the 1,000mph car as Bloodhound SSC is shut down," 11 Dec. 2018 Other applications include hotel windows littered with entertainment and A.R. goggles, but the automotive products are coming soon. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Hyundai and Porsche team up with Wayray on augmented reality tech," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of automotive

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of automotive

: of, relating to, or concerned with cars and other vehicles


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Kids Definition of automotive

: of or relating to automobiles an automotive parts store

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