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[aw-tuh-meyt] /ˈɔ təˌmeɪt/
verb (used with object), automated, automating.
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), automated, automating.
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
1950-55; back formation from automation
Related forms
automatable, adjective
de-automate, verb, de-automated, de-automating.
nonautomated, adjective
unautomated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for automate
  • My former boss uses his programming expertise to automate his heating in his house.
  • Artificial intelligence is already used to automate and replace some human functions with computer-driven machines.
  • In general, he says, semantic tools could help people manage their e-mails better by using contextual knowledge to automate tasks.
  • As others automate, they come under pressure as well.
British Dictionary definitions for automate


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 automate

"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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