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auto

[aw-toh] /ˈɔ toʊ/
noun, plural autos.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to automobiles:
an auto salesman; auto detailing.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; by shortening

auto-1

1.
a combining form meaning “self,” “same,” “spontaneous,” used in the formation of compound words:
autograph, autodidact.
Also, especially before a vowel, aut-.
Origin
< Greek, combining form of autós self

auto-2

1.
a combining form representing automobile in compound words:
autocade.
Origin
see auto

auto-3

1.
a combining form representing automatic in compound words: autoalarm; autofeed; autofocus . Sometimes also taken as an adjective:
auto enlarger; auto stop control; auto dialer.

auto.

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  • There is good reason to keep the auto industry alive through this downturn, he believes.
  • There are no reliable per capita data on regional differences in personal auto or air travel.
  • Sure this car looks nicer, and is probably more comfortable but when you're talking about cost, the auto makers can do better.
  • In a conventional auto race, the winner is the car that finishes first.
  • The auto industry says there's a simple reason hybrids are packed with features: economics.
  • Also reusing auto parts will help reduce the amount going to the land fill.
  • Basically we're bailing out auto companies once again by subsidizing car purchases.
  • The auto industry has cranked out many motoring mashups over the years.
British Dictionary definitions for auto

auto

/ˈɔːtəʊ/
noun (US & Canadian, informal) (pl) -tos
1.
  1. short for automobile
  2. (as modifier): auto parts
2.
(Indian, informal) short for autorickshaw

auto-

combining form
1.
self; same; of or by the same one: autobiography
2.
acting from or occurring within; self-caused: autohypnosis
3.
self-propelling; automatic: automobile
Word Origin
from Greek autos self
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Word Origin and History for auto
n.

shortened form of automobile, 1899; cf. French auto.

auto-

word-forming element meaning "self, one's own, by oneself," from Greek auto- "self, one's own," combining form of autos "self, same," of unknown origin. Before a vowel, aut-; before an aspirate, auth-. In Greek also used as a prefix to proper names, e.g. automelinna "Melinna herself." The opposite prefix would be allo-.

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auto in Medicine

auto- or aut-
pref.
Self; same: autogamy.

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auto in Science
auto-  
A prefix meaning "oneself," as in autoimmune, producing antibodies or immunity against oneself. It also means "by itself, automatic," as in autonomic, governing by itself.
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Related Abbreviations for auto

auto

automobile

auto.

  1. automatic
  2. automotive
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