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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.

Nearby words

automobile, automobile insurance, automobilia, automorphic, automorphism, automotive, autonomic, autonomic bladder, autonomic ganglion, autonomic imbalance, autonomic nervous system

Origin of automotive

First recorded in 1860–65; auto-1 + motive
Related formsnon·au·to·mo·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for automotive


/ (ˌɔːtəˈməʊtɪv) /


relating to motor vehicles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper