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 One of the trade agreement’s biggest changes involves the automotive industry, with new rules mandating that at least 75% of a vehicle be made in one of the three countries. Imelda García, Dallas News, "Five ways Texas benefits from the new USMCA trade deal taking effect today," 1 July 2020 Low tire pressure and the weight of the car cause the tires to develop flat spots where the tires meet the road's surface, according to Edmunds, a resource for automotive information. USA Today, "Is COVID-19 preventing you from driving your car as much as you'd like?," 29 June 2020 Many smaller automotive events have been canceled or postponed this year, but the 2020 Los Angeles Auto Show remains scheduled for November. Fox News, "March 2021 Geneva Motor Show canceled due to coronavirus concerns," 29 June 2020 Since then the automotive industry has probably spent more than any other industry on television advertising. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Infamous Characters from TV Commercials," 25 June 2020 The public companies that have so far restored executive pay straddle the automotive, restaurant, and retail industries. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Coronavirus cuts to CEO pay were short-lived," 25 June 2020 Owners are having issues with glitchy and hard-to-use infotainment systems, an area in which automotive companies have not always excelled. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "A Survey of New Cars Finds More Tech Means More Problems," 24 June 2020 Developed in California by Stan Honey and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, this aftermarket automotive navigation system also operated on dead reckoning by comparing a car’s location to points on a map. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, "The long, winding, technological road to GPS in every car," 24 June 2020 Mandatory mask-wearing has been a hotly debated issue since the outbreak of the coronavirus, with President Trump refusing to wear a face mask outside of a visit to an automotive manufacturing plant in Detroit. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'Wear a face covering': National Association of Manufacturers purchases coronavirus safety ads in swing states," 23 June 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

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“Automotive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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