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verb au·to·mate \ˈ-tə-ˌmāt\

: to run or operate (something, such as a factory or system) by using machines, computers, etc., instead of people to do the work


Full Definition of AUTOMATE

transitive verb
:  to operate by automation
:  to convert to largely automatic operation <automate a process>
intransitive verb
:  to undergo automation
au·to·mat·able \-ˌmā-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of AUTOMATE

  1. The company recently automated its filing process.
  2. a factory that has yet to be automated
  3. a factory that has yet to automate
  4. When companies automate, employees lose jobs.

Origin of AUTOMATE

back-formation from automation
First Known Use: 1952

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AUTOMATABLE Defined for Kids


verb au·to·mate \ˈ-tə-ˌmāt\

Definition of AUTOMATE for Kids

:  to run or operate something using machines instead of people <automate a factory>


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