[ aw-tuh-mey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɔ təˈmeɪ ʃən /


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.

Origin of automation

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

Related forms

pro·au·to·ma·tion, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for automation


/ (ˌɔːtəˈmeɪʃən) /


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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