au·to·mate | \ ˈȯ-tə-ˌmāt \
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 \-ˌmā-tə-bəl \ 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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Creator’s bot automates the whole process of preparing a burger. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 Some of that scanning is automated, but in other cases developers have combed through emails by hand, raising obvious privacy issues. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Will third-party plugins survive the tech backlash?," 6 July 2018 Eventually, the dome will be automated to protect volunteers from rope burns. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Now That the Smog Has Lifted, Astronomy Returns to London’s Royal Observatory," 28 June 2018 All this is automated, and the auditing firm PwC audits the ledger in real time, as opposed to after the fact. Laura Shin, New York Times, "Industries, Looking for Efficiency, Turn to Blockchains," 27 June 2018 The tool — which can be used by any age group — automates debt payments such as an auto loan, mortgage and student loans. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Retiring with debt? More Americans are. Here are some strategies," 21 June 2018 The engine start is automated—a push-button affair that requires monitoring but rarely fails. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 The verification email is automated and is sometimes sent to your spam or junk folder. Scientific American, "I entered my print or digital subscription information, but I am still unable to access the Mobile Edition.," 18 June 2018 The serving process itself is fairly automated, requiring only an ID and credit card. Lee A. Litas,, "Owner of shuttered Nevin's opens new bar in Evanston featuring self-pour beer," 20 May 2018

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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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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 \
automated; automating

Kids Definition of automate

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

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