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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Beyond the freight business, Mr. Carter has said before that blockchain could provide more transparency and reliability for shipments of items across the aerospace, pharmaceutical, automotive and health-care industries. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "FedEx CIO Looks to Industry Collaboration to Scale Blockchain," 29 Apr. 2019 Designed in rainy Vancouver by automotive engineers, who themselves were frustrated by the constant expense of disposable umbrellas, the Carbon is not only meant to last for years, but it’s built to withstand 70 mph winds. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Here's the Last Umbrella You'll Ever Buy," 4 Apr. 2019 The deal comes four years after ZF bought TRW Automotive to step up its strategy to become a high-tech systems provider for automotive manufacturing companies. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Hedging on Futures; Flooding Swamps Midwest; Paying Higher Premiums," 29 Mar. 2019 Twenty-seven automotive writers evaluated 26 vehicles at the Ridge Motorsports Park near Shelton, Wash., during the annual event, which is put on by the Northwest Automotive Press Association. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018 Michael Bloch has been an automotive mechanic for 27 years and heads the department of Automotive Technology at McFatter Technical College in Davie. Austen Erblat,, "Toyota Corollas targeted in recent Palm Beach County wheel and tire thefts," 27 Apr. 2018 The distinctive rotund vehicle has been a part of the automotive scene since 1938. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Farewell Bug: Volkswagen Shutting Down Production on the VW Beetle," 12 Mar. 2018 Means of production, including robots and 3-D printers have streamlined the automotive-making process in recent years. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Report: Ford investing $25 million to speed up production of Expeditions, Navigators," 13 Feb. 2018 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

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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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