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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Using automotive seats for safety does mean that the rear row can’t fold out into a bed. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with removable components can sleep a family," 21 Nov. 2018 Despite the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, millions of consumers are still driving with defective, potentially deadly, Takata airbags that need to be replaced and advocates in Los Angeles are trying to change that. CBS News, "Drivers urged to fix recalled Takata airbags that can explode," 12 June 2018 Keep in mind that this agencyloves recalls; yet never once from 1966 – 1995 did NHTSA ever issue an automotive recall based on data provided by CU. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Chaos Wars," 17 Mar. 2018 Air bag manufacturer Takata is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators in the latest phase of what CBS News reported is the largest automotive recall in the country's history. Marie Simoneaux,, "Takata recalls additional 3.3 million air bags: report," 7 Jan. 2018 Here are seven things to […] by David Muller Just because a car or truck is part of the largest automotive safety recall in American history doesn’t prohibit a dealership from selling it to you. David Muller, Car and Driver, "This Is How Much It Costs per Year to Own and Drive New Cars and Trucks, AAA Says," 30 Oct. 2017 In a world that was looking to reinvent a post-war aesthetic in architecture, furniture, automotive, and fashion design through innovation that focused on practicality, speed and labor-free invention, this triumvirate created a parallel modernism. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dior and His Decorators: How Two Interior Designers Created a “New Look” for the Home," 21 Sep. 2018 Ukraine mined coal and Latvia housed automotive factories. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 2018 On the positive side, Voxx’s automotive technology division, which employs more than 250 people in a 117,000-square-foot facility in Orlando, saw sales jump from $37 million to $39.6 million. Marco Santana,, "Voxx hopes upcoming Nissan, Mazda deals spur growth," 11 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 \

Kids Definition of automotive

: of or relating to automobiles an automotive parts store

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