auto

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

Definition of auto

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auto

adjective

Definition of auto (Entry 2 of 3)

Definition of auto- (Entry 3 of 3)

— see aut-

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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

The little girl raised at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church on the corner of McDougall and Charlevoix in Detroit, grew up to be one of the world’s most respected electrical engineers who is helping guide the auto industry into the future. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "A daughter of Detroit defies odds, takes car industry into the future," 13 July 2018 Some of those people must work for German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG, which has spent 10 years working on the external airbag. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside," 15 Feb. 2019 Consider the major provisions of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Cars assembled in Mexico will need to source more auto parts from North America and fewer from Asia to enter the United States tariff-free. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "I’m starting to think Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall," 20 Dec. 2018 The slim margin — the two were separated by 0.17 percent — pushed Trahan, 44, a Lowell native and former congressional chief of staff, into the general election contest with Republican Rick Green, an auto parts magnate from Pepperell. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Dean Heller, survivalist," 19 Sep. 2018 Exports of certain auto parts, for use in vehicles manufactured in China, also surged, according to an analysis of the census data by Panjiva, a firm that tracks global trade. New York Times, "A Soybean Surge Makes Trump’s Trade War Look Deceptively Good," 11 July 2018 Buzz60 As self-driving vehicle experiments are launched in a few cities around the U.S., Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler and a prominent auto supplier are launching a new one in the place that would seem most receptive: Silicon Valley. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to launch self-driving car service in Silicon Valley," 10 July 2018 On Friday morning, Trump implemented $34 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods ranging from auto parts to medical devices, according to the Huffington Post. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Donald Trump's China Tariffs Don't Apply to Ivanka," 9 July 2018 About 7,400 trucks cross the bridge between Detroit and Windsor every day, many laden with auto parts. Tom Krisher, San Antonio Express-News, "Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs," 18 June 2018

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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First Known Use of auto

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of auto was in 1876

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English Language Learners Definition of auto-

: self : same one
: automatic : acting by itself

auto

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

Kids Definition of auto

auto-

Kids Definition of auto-

see aut-

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