au·​to·​mo·​tive ˌȯ-tə-ˈmō-tiv How to pronounce automotive (audio)
: 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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Word History


auto- + motive entry 2

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of automotive was in 1830

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“Automotive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


au·​to·​mo·​tive ˌȯt-ə-ˈmōt-iv How to pronounce automotive (audio)
: of, relating to, or concerned with automobiles, trucks, or buses

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