automate

[aw-tuh-meyt]
verb (used with object), automated, automating.
1.
to apply the principles of automation to (a mechanical process, industry, office, etc.).
2.
to operate or control by automation.
3.
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.
4.
to install automatic procedures, as for manufacturing or servicing; follow or utilize the principles of automation: Many banks have begun to automate.

Origin:
1950–55; back formation from automation

automatable, adjective
de-automate, verb, de-automated, de-automating.
nonautomated, adjective
unautomated, adjective
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automate (ˈɔːtəˌmeɪt)
 
vb
to make (a manufacturing process, factory, etc) automatic, or (of a manufacturing process, etc) to be made automatic

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automate
"to convert to automatic operation," 1954, back-formation from automated (q.v.). Ancient Gk. verb automatizein meant "to act of oneself, to act unadvisedly."
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Example sentences
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.
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