Meaning of “auto” in the English Dictionary

"auto" in British English

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autoadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈɔː.təʊ/ us /ˈɑː.t̬oʊ/

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  • He was badly injured in an auto accident.
  • He owns a shop selling outdoor clothing and auto accessories.
  • You can get some great deals on Japanese autos right now.
  • The town is dominated by its large auto assembly plant.
  • She works for a company that makes auto and aircraft parts.

autonoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɔː.təʊ/ us /ˈɑː.t̬oʊ/ plural autos US old-fashioned

a car

Examples

  • He was badly injured in an auto accident.
  • He owns a shop selling outdoor clothing and auto accessories.
  • You can get some great deals on Japanese autos right now.
  • The town is dominated by its large auto assembly plant.
  • She works for a company that makes auto and aircraft parts.

auto-prefix

uk /ɔː.təʊ-/ us /ɑː.t̬oʊ-/

(Definition of “auto” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"auto" in American English

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autonoun [ C ]

us /ˈɔ·t̬oʊ, ˈɑ·t̬oʊ/ plural autos

short form ofautomobile:

auto makers/manufacturers
the auto industry

(Definition of “auto” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"auto-" in Business English

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auto-prefix

uk /ɔːtəʊ-/ us

of or by yourself:

Auto-regulation does not seem to be working for the industry.

happening automatically or operating without the help of any person:

The aircraft is fitted with an auto-recovery system.

autoadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈɔːtəʊ/ us US

TRANSPORT, PRODUCTION relating to cars and other motor vehicles:

autonoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɔːtəʊ/ us US

TRANSPORT a car:

Most dealerships sell both new and used autos.
autos [ plural ]

FINANCE shares in companies that make cars:

Insurance shares recovered, while a softer euro boosted autos.

(Definition of “auto-” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)