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automation

[ aw-tuh-mey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɔ təˈmeɪ ʃən /
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noun

the technique, method, or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means, as by electronic devices, reducing human intervention to a minimum.
a mechanical device, operated electronically, that functions automatically, without continuous input from an operator.
act or process of automating.
the state of being automated.

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Origin of automation

First recorded in 1945–50; autom(atic) + (oper)ation

OTHER WORDS FROM automation

pro·au·to·ma·tion, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for automation

automation
/ (ˌɔːtəˈmeɪʃən) /

noun

the use of methods for controlling industrial processes automatically, esp by electronically controlled systems, often reducing manpower
the extent to which a process is so controlled
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