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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 automated
  • Even automated electronic detection of focused heat might be programmed to initiate evasive maneuvers.
  • At the same time, vehicles leaving the jams are made to accelerate away quickly using automated cruise control.
  • Technology takes away jobs as more jobs become automated.
  • Learning and motivating students is not that simply accomplished via automated systems.
  • So it's not surprising that students and scholars are turning to automated methods of getting citations into some kind of shape.
  • Other jobs, such as fruit picking, would probably be automated.
  • High-skilled workers with jobs that cannot be off-shored or automated are being paid more compared with low-skilled workers.
  • And it's costly for them to hand out records one by one, so they have automated the process.
  • Explanation of how and why, and the effect on automated and human-directed flight-control processes, later.
  • The time is nevertheless ripe for such automated translation.
British Dictionary definitions for automated


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 automated

1952, American English, adjective based on automation.



"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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