[ aw-toh ]
/ ˈɔ toʊ /
noun, plural au·tos.
of or relating to automobiles: an auto salesman; auto detailing.
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Origin of auto
An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; by shortening
Words nearby auto
Definition for auto (2 of 5)
Definition for auto (3 of 5)
a combining form meaning “self,” “same,” “spontaneous,” used in the formation of compound words: autograph, autodidact.
Origin of auto-
Definition for auto (4 of 5)
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British Dictionary definitions for auto (1 of 2)
noun plural -tos US and Canadian informal
British Dictionary definitions for auto (2 of 2)
sometimes before a vowel aut-
self; same; of or by the same oneautobiography
acting from or occurring within; self-causedautohypnosis
Word Origin for auto-
from Greek autos self
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Medical definitions for auto
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Scientific definitions for 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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