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.

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Uber relies on a combination of third-party insurance and self-insurance to protect its business, particularly against the automotive, driver and passenger risks related to its ride-sharing business. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Uber’s $2.94 Billion Insurance Unit Illuminates Challenge of Disruptive Businesses," 11 Apr. 2019 The smart bed is part of a series called Ford Interventions, in which the company applies its automotive expertise to everyday issues. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Ford Created a Mattress That Prevents People From Hogging The Bed," 19 Feb. 2019 First, if China did agree to lower tariffs on American cars, other countries with competitive automotive sectors would likely benefit more than the US. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s car deal with China is great — for other countries," 3 Dec. 2018 The European Commission in February 2018 fined several car-carrying shipping companies and automotive parts suppliers a total of more than $600 million for anticompetitive behavior. Costas Paris, WSJ, "U.S. Drops Container Shipping Cartel Investigation Without Charges," 26 Feb. 2019 Another seven kinds of plastic, ranging from the types used in utensils and shopping bags to those used in automotive parts and electronics, showed up at much lower frequencies across some of the eight people’s poop. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Plastic found in the poop of eight people from eight different countries," 24 Oct. 2018 No matter what happens from here on out, Tesla has changed the automotive industry’s timeline for progress. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 Daimler and automotive parts supplier Bosch will pilot a free self-driving ride-share service in the San Francisco Bay area starting in the second half of 2019, the companies announced this week. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Mercedes-Benz self-driving taxi pilot coming to Silicon Valley in 2019," 11 July 2018 General Motors is one of the latest to weigh in on the threat of new tariffs targeting foreign autos and automotive parts, warning that GM could be forced to scale back production and cut U.S. jobs. NBC News, "Trump's tariffs will lead to job losses, warns General Motors CEO," 2 July 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


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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