Main definitions of auto in English

: auto1auto2

auto1

noun

North American
informal
  • [usually as modifier] A car:

    ‘the auto industry’
    • ‘The riders weave through the pedestrians and much of the center has almost no auto traffic.’
    • ‘Another reason to take a course of this nature is to reduce auto insurance rates.’
    • ‘Did you ever wonder why the North American auto industry is concentrated where it is?’
    • ‘It is not unreasonable to expect the slowdown in car sales to affect auto parts companies too.’
    • ‘Making use of the internet for getting the best suited auto insurance is not a demanding task.’
    • ‘Finding the best auto parts actually depends on you, so make the right choice now!’
    • ‘They brought a gust of cold air with them and the smell of auto exhaust.’
    • ‘Plan your needs with financial planner and then apply for the auto loan you need.’
    motor car, automobile, motor, machine
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Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation of automobile.

Pronunciation:

auto

/ˈɔːtəʊ/

Main definitions of auto in English

: auto1auto2

auto2

noun & adjective

  • short for automatic
    • ‘I was playing with the auto contrast on my camera, setting it by focussing one area then moving it to point somewhere else.’
    • ‘The manual gearbox has a tendency to be notchy and the auto gearbox doesn't change particularly smoothly.’
    • ‘Our cows have foam mattresses to lie on and an auto cleaner that cleans the floor every two hours.’
    • ‘Let's be honest here: if I got an auto response, how can the contents of my email have been noted.’
    • ‘It has a much slower rate of fire than the auto shotgun, but it hits just as hard.’

Pronunciation:

auto

/ˈɔːtəʊ/