Definition of autonomous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɔːˈtɒnəməs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɔːˈtɑːnəməs//
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  1. 1(of a country, a region or an organization) able to govern itself or control its own affairs synonym independent an autonomous republic/state/province a federation of autonomous groups
  2. 2(of a person) able to do things and make decisions without help from anyone else Teachers aim to help children become autonomous learners.
  3. 3(of a vehicle) = self-driving
  4. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from Greek autonomos ‘having its own laws’ + -ous.Extra examples Higher education is relatively autonomous from the government. Teachers help children to become autonomous learners. an autonomous republic/​state/​province
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