verb (used with object), au·to·mat·ed, au·to·mat·ing.

to apply the principles of automation to (a mechanical process, industry, office, etc.).
to operate or control by automation.
to displace or make obsolete by automation (often followed by out): The unskilled jobs are going to be automated out.

verb (used without object), au·to·mat·ed, au·to·mat·ing.

to install automatic procedures, as for manufacturing or servicing; follow or utilize the principles of automation: Many banks have begun to automate.

Origin of automate

First recorded in 1950–55; back formation from automation
Related formsau·to·mat·a·ble, adjectivede-au·to·mate, verb, de-au·to·mat·ed, de-au·to·mat·ing.non·au·to·mat·ed, adjectiveun·au·to·mat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of automated

Historical Examples of automated

  • A shudder went through him as he edged along the automated customs scanners and paper-checkers.

    The Dueling Machine

    Benjamin William Bova

  • The automated files selected three microcard dossiers that matched the requirements of the order.

    The Dueling Machine

    Benjamin William Bova

  • Listen, sir, that's just one more field that's been automated right out of existence.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • We have others who could design an automated textile factory, but do any know how to weave a blanket on a hand loom?


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • There is no direct correspondence between the literacy of emergent writing and that of automated writing and reading.

British Dictionary definitions for automated



to make (a manufacturing process, factory, etc) automatic, or (of a manufacturing process, etc) to be made automatic
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Word Origin and History for automated

1952, American English, adjective based on automation.



"to convert to automatic operation," 1954, back-formation from automated (q.v.). Ancient Greek verb automatizein meant "to act of oneself, to act unadvisedly." Related: Automating.

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