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 The wider Wuhan region’s workers, whose number more than doubles that of Malaysia’s 15 million workforce, are a vital part of the global supply chain for the automotive, electronics, pharmaceutical, and fashion industries (among others). Erika Fry, Fortune, "In business vs. coronavirus, coronavirus is winning," 13 Feb. 2020 The company also makes a range of components for the automotive, power and energy industries, among others. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Boeing 737 MAX Woes Undermine Suppliers’ Deal Making," 4 Feb. 2020 Operating costs were down about 7 percent last year, while automotive sales were up 13 percent and deliveries rose 50 percent. Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, "Tesla’s Stock Is Up 36% in Two Days. What’s Going On?," 4 Feb. 2020 The virus raises a broader concern for companies that have major footprints in China, including sectors like technology, manufacturing and automotive, analysts say. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Some US businesses restrict travel to China, close stores because of coronavirus as economic fallout spreads," 30 Jan. 2020 China's position as the largest automotive sales market in the world means the country is an oversize reason for many of Jeep's electrification plans. Adam Kaslikowski, Car and Driver, "Yes, Even Jeep Is Making Bold Claims about Its Electric Future," 16 Jan. 2020 In addition to providing members of the school community and visitors a convenient way to power their electric vehicles, the stations will be incorporated into the curriculum of the school’s automotive and transportation programs, officials said. John Laidler,, "Essex Tech to install electric vehicle charging ports," 7 Jan. 2020 John Sisk was an automotive and recreational vehicle repairman. Carol Robinson |, al, "These tragic crimes horrified Alabama in 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 Stod had a varied career in manufacturing, finance, and automotive sales., "H. Stoddard Nichols," 8 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of automotive

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of automotive was in 1830

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19 Feb 2020

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“Automotive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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