au·​to·​mo·​tive | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈmō-tiv How to pronounce automotive (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web However, a continued fall in demand for respirators and headwinds for its automotive business clubbed with the impact of lockdowns in China may weigh on the company’s overall top-line growth. Trefis Team, Forbes, 19 July 2022 The eVTOL's cabin design took inspiration from the automotive sector's entertainment systems and lighting, while also including sustainable materials. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 19 July 2022 What’s happening in the high-performance automotive sector looks like a Top Chef challenge. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 16 July 2022 Karpathy’s departure comes at a time when Musk has slowly attempted to rebrand the company, shifting its equity story away from its core automotive business, where new and old competitors are constantly joining the EV market. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 14 July 2022 Nvidia also has sought to build an automotive business, latching on to the growth in driver-assistance technology that relies on video processing. Asa Fitch, WSJ, 25 May 2022 Cost cuts, refocusing on the automotive business helped the restructuring succeed, Angori said. Alberto Brambilla,, 23 Mar. 2022 Megna was a frequent visitor to an automotive business in Dorchester that investigators believe was a hangout for the men who planned the robbery, Lawton said. Edmund H. Mahony,, 28 Feb. 2022 On top of that, Tesla managed to nearly double profits from its automotive business, from approximately $7 billion to nearly $14 billion in 2021. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of automotive

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Automotive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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au·​to·​mo·​tive | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈmō-tiv How to pronounce automotive (audio) \

Kids Definition of automotive

: of or relating to automobiles an automotive parts store

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