[ 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
Definition for auto (2 of 5)
a combining form meaning “self,” “same,” “spontaneous,” used in the formation of compound words: autograph, autodidact.
Also especially before a vowel, aut- .
Origin of auto-1
<Greek, combining form of autós self
Definition for auto (3 of 5)
a combining form representing automobile in compound words: autocade.
Origin of auto-2
see origin at auto
Definition for auto (4 of 5)
a combining form representing automatic in compound words: autoalarm; autofeed; autofocus. Sometimes also taken as an adjective: auto enlarger; auto stop control; auto dialer.
Definition for auto (5 of 5)
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British Dictionary definitions for auto (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɔːtəʊ) /
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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