au·​to·​mate | \ ˈȯ-tə-ˌmāt How to pronounce automate (audio) \
automated; automating

Definition of automate

transitive verb

1 : to operate by automation
2 : to convert to largely automatic operation automate a process

intransitive verb

: to undergo automation

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Other Words from automate

automatable \ ˈȯ-​tə-​ˌmā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce automate (audio) \ adjective

Examples of automate in a Sentence

The company recently automated its filing process. a factory that has yet to be automated a factory that has yet to automate When companies automate, employees lose jobs.
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Recent Examples on the Web Kustomer tracks all that and helps automate the business-to-customer correspondence. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Facebook’s latest acquisition pushes outside its comfort zone," 1 Dec. 2020 Modern three-axis (roll/pitch/yaw) autopilots generally automate takeoff, climb, cruise, descent, and landing using a variety of sensors as well as GPS and inertial navigation. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "This Jet Will Turn AI Into a Real-World Top Gun," 24 Jan. 2021 Computer programs that automate online tasks, called bots, have aligned with the coronavirus pandemic and low inventories of hot products to create a perfect storm of holiday disappointment — or opportunity, depending on your perspective. Washington Post, "Can’t get a PlayStation 5? Meet the Grinch bots snapping up the holidays’ hottest gift.," 16 Dec. 2020 Soft, pliable materials such as fabric can be difficult for robots to handle, making jobs such as putting laces into sneakers exceedingly difficult to automate. Marc Bain, Quartz, "If China no longer wants to be the world’s factory, who will take its place?," 9 Jan. 2021 Another good technique is to automate your savings. Harriet Blake, Dallas News, "New Year’s resolutions? Here’s how to make them stick in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 But Airbus has devised a way to automate that risky business at the push of a button. Rob Verger And Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "The most daring aerospace innovations of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 Regulations that make workers more expensive create incentives for companies to automate their positions away. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 9," 13 Nov. 2020 Dedicated hardware like the Elgato Stream Deck exist for precisely this purpose, to automate tasks like setting up a game stream or sending out social media blasts. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, "How to Use Gaming Peripherals to Level Up Your Home Office," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of automate

1952, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for automate

back-formation from automation

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The first known use of automate was in 1952

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19 Feb 2021

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“Automate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of automate

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


au·​to·​mate | \ ˈȯ-tə-ˌmāt How to pronounce automate (audio) \
automated; automating

Kids Definition of automate

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

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