autofill

noun

au·​to·​fill ˈȯ-tō-ˌfil How to pronounce autofill (audio)
: a software feature that automatically enters previously stored information (such as a user's name or address) into a data field (as in a spreadsheet or on a web page)
She uses bookmarks and the autofill feature on her computer to enter an assortment of sweepstakes, some daily, some monthly, some just once.Mary Hance
also : auto-complete
"The Dress" is still trending on Twitter and Facebook. I typed "the" into my Google search engine and the first autofill suggestion was "the dress." Michelle Goodman
autofill transitive + intransitive verb
autofilled; autofilling; autofills
On the checkout page, it will alert you if a discount code is available for your purchase and autofill the code. Gregory Karp
I discovered after googling it when I returned home: "Don't feed the" autofills with "trolls." Carly Maga

Examples of autofill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Removing or stopping autofill could solve the issue but may bring greater issues. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 13 Dec. 2023 How to find out how to turn off autofill for your Mac or iPhone browsers. Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 19 Nov. 2023 Password managers, on the other hand, can offer the same direct browser integration and functions, like autofill or password generation, but the data is all encrypted in a secure password vault. Matthias Pfau, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 For an autofill request triggered from a WebView, AssistStructure should only contain data related to WebView. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 13 Dec. 2023 This has been mocked as simply an advanced form of autofill. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 This issue is related to how password managers leverage the autofill APIs when interacting with WebViews. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 13 Dec. 2023 Instead, the autofill function kicks in and requests the login credentials in question. Davey Winder, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Six of the most popular password managers have been called out by security researchers who uncovered a major vulnerability that impacts the Android autofill function. Davey Winder, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

auto- + fill entry 1

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autofill was in 1991

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“Autofill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autofill. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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