Do it Yourself: Words Beginning with “AUTO” – 13 Words

autonomy

political independence

But now, the country’s political leaders are pressing for a referendum on full independence or at least greatly expanded autonomy.New York Times (Jan 25, 2012)
autonomous

existing as an independent entity

Foley’s team tested an autonomous diving robot that could search the ocean bottom for hours under its own command.
autobiography

a book or account of your own life

In her autobiography, “Living History,” Hillary Clinton described her mother’s childhood as lonely and loveless.Washington Post (Nov 1, 2011)
autocracy

a theory favoring unlimited authority by an individual

In some islands hereditary autocracy prevailed; in others the government was elective.Various
autocratic

characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule

Autocratic regimes would like much greater governmental control over Internet content.
autocrat

a cruel and oppressive dictator

A man cannot be an autocrat and have free people about him.Latham, Rev. Henry
autodidact

a person who has taught himself

An autodidact, he was brought up on a Dublin housing estate that sheltered him from too much formal coaching.
autograph

a person’s own signature

The players, some wearing sunglasses, often sweat more after practice — signing autographs for the fans.Newsweek (Jan 28, 2012)
automate

operate or make run by machines rather than human action

Global competition requires manufacturing to be made more efficient and more automated.Washington Post (Jan 13, 2012)
automated

operated with minimal human intervention

Global competition requires manufacturing to be made more efficient and more automated.Washington Post (Jan 13, 2012)
automatic

operating with minimal human intervention

Automatic payments mean less trouble for companies in going after late payments.Seattle Times (Dec 30, 2011)
automation

the act of implementing the control of equipment

U.S. factories boast high productivity thanks to widespread use of automation.
automaton

a mechanism that can move independently of external control

Instead, he stood rigidly erect, and reeled off his injurious testimony more like a speaking automaton than a human being.Bindloss, Harold

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