[ aw-tuh-meyt ]
See synonyms for: automateautomated on

verb (used with object),au·to·mat·ed, au·to·mat·ing.
  1. to apply the principles of automation to (a mechanical process, industry, office, etc.).

  2. to operate or control by automation.

  1. 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.
  1. 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

Other words from automate

  • au·to·mat·a·ble, adjective
  • de-au·to·mate, verb, de-au·to·mat·ed, de-au·to·mat·ing.
  • non·au·to·mat·ed, adjective
  • un·au·to·mat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use automate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for automate


/ (ˈɔːtəˌmeɪt) /

  1. to make (a manufacturing process, factory, etc) automatic, or (of a manufacturing process, etc) to be made automatic

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