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[aw-tuh-moh-tiv, aw-tuh-moh-tiv] /ˌɔ təˈmoʊ tɪv, ˈɔ təˌmoʊ tɪv/
pertaining to the design, operation, manufacture, or sale of automobiles:
automotive parts.
propelled by a self-contained motor, engine, or the like.
Informal. an industry, store department, etc., specializing in appliances and parts for cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles:
You may find what you're looking for in automotive.
Origin of automotive
1860-65; auto-1 + motive
Related forms
nonautomotive, adjective Unabridged
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  • Foreign investment in the automotive sector has been strong.
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  • The steel used in automotive bodies will take and hold a magnetic field.
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British Dictionary definitions for automotive


relating to motor vehicles
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Word Origin and History for automotive

1865, in reference to some sort of helicopter-like device, a hybrid from auto- "self," from Greek, + motive (adj.), from Latin. Meaning "pertaining to automobiles" is from 1898.

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