automate

[ aw-tuh-meyt ]
/ ˈɔ təˌmeɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. automaker,
  2. automanipulation,
  3. automat,
  4. automata,
  5. automata theory,
  6. automated,
  7. automated teller machine,
  8. automated-teller machine,
  9. automatic,
  10. automatic beat

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

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British Dictionary definitions for automated

automate

/ (ˈɔːtəˌmeɪt) /

verb

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
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