au·​to | \ ˈȯ-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce auto (audio) , ˈä- \
plural autos

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Examples of auto in a Sentence

Noun the auto gave people a level of mobility that they had never known before
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And this is why Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and the overall auto industry are adding production shifts to ramp up their factories as quickly as possible. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Dealers warn buyers: Get your new vehicle before they're gone, supply vanishing," 30 May 2020 Now the economy is staggering and the auto industry is in crisis. Dan Neil, WSJ, "How Much Is Too Much to Pay for a Honda?," 29 May 2020 The entire auto industry is grappling with lower demand from a distressed consumer base and higher costs associated with worker safety and complications in the supply chain that provides parts. Beth Burger,, "Rebuilding America: Coronavirus pandemic has led to changes in transportation industry," 28 May 2020 One interesting thing: The lawsuits from states and environmentalists come just days after the major auto industry trade group intervened in a separate challenge to defend the Trump administration’s rule. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Renewables get administratively what they didn’t get in legislation," 28 May 2020 On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced an $8.8 billion aid package for the country's embattled auto industry. Charles Riley, CNN, "Renault and Nissan deepen their alliance in bid to survive the coronavirus crisis," 27 May 2020 The legal wrangling creates uncertainty for the auto industry. Peter Fimrite,, "California, two dozen other states, cities sue over federal rollback of fuel economy standards," 27 May 2020 Over two decades after Nissan and Renault came together to form an alliance, a merger of the two companies was on the horizon—that is, until the coronavirus pandemic put unexpected pressure on the auto industry. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Nissan and Renault Merger Is Being Paused as Companies Restructure," 26 May 2020 In the middle of Reuther's budding career, the U.S. stock market collapsed in October 1929, sending the auto industry into a free fall., "Walter Reuther's family says of the UAW icon: 'He never sold out.'," 8 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mexico may agree to proposals that end up requiring somewhat more auto parts to be made in the U.S. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "As Trump Talks Tough on Trade, Worries Mount Over Lack of Action," 28 May 2018 Those in the coldest climates may want to purchase a battery warmer, available at most auto parts stores or online. David Muller, Car and Driver, "How Severe Cold Affects Your Car (and What to Do about It)," 5 Jan. 2018 Records also showed Harris had called a handful of auto glass repair shops and had searched online for car covers, according to the complaint. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed beloved Milwaukee crossing guard Andrew Tyler," 21 Dec. 2017 Auto critic Mark Phelan contributed to this report. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "View from a tire-burning, 840-horsepower Dodge Demon gives a taste of Roadkill Nights," 11 Aug. 2017 Auto stop-start can shut down the engine from speeds as high as 14 mph and now uses the camera to read the car’s surroundings. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "2019 Audi A8: Flagship Floats on Active Suspension," 12 July 2017 Auto hauler and logistics provider Jack Cooper has reached a deal with bondholders to restructure more than $400 million in debt. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ," 20 June 2017 A GASKET: Auto parts retailer AutoZone stumbled after its results were weaker than expected. Marley Jay, The Mercury News, "U.S. stocks inch higher as health care companies gain ground," 23 May 2017 Auto demand in China has been cooling since Beijing raised a sales tax on small-engine vehicles at the start of the year, putting off drivers from buying cars. Kelvin Chan, Fox News, "China auto sales shrink in April as demand cools sharply," 11 May 2017

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1899, in the meaning defined above


1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Auto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of auto-

: self : same one
: automatic : acting by itself


au·​to | \ ˈȯ-tō How to pronounce auto (audio) \
plural autos

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Kids Definition of auto-

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