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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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  • Lightweight hydraulic pumps—used in automated machinery and pneumatic control systems.

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  • The automated files selected three microcard dossiers that matched the requirements of the order.

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  • There is no direct correspondence between the literacy of emergent writing and that of automated writing and reading.

  • A shudder went through him as he edged along the automated customs scanners and paper-checkers.

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  • Listen, sir, that's just one more field that's been automated right out of existence.

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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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