automate

verb
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 \ -​ˌmā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce automatable (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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Dynamic email works by sucking a small portion of the web directly into the email pane, automating a particular task. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Update: Google Gmail, Microsoft Outlook.com add 'dynamic email,' to avoid the pain of new tabs," 27 Mar. 2019 So for business intelligence, banks, insurance companies and basically all corporations to automate the middle person out of the system. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 At JD, Cheng Hui, head of robotics research for the firm in San Francisco, said market forces propel the scramble to automate. Danielle Paquette, The Seattle Times, "Robots at Chinese e-commerce giant making workers obsolete," 10 Sep. 2018 The company had announced plans to build 500,000 cars there by the end of this year, but plans to automate the Model 3 assembly line went awry and the company won’t come close to that figure this year. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "Tesla's China factory: Will it ever be built?," 10 July 2018 Mentech asked Zhang and others to figure out how to automate the factory. Li Yuan, BostonGlobe.com, "Why the Made in China 2025 modernization drive is on track to succeed, despite Trump," 4 July 2018 That’s a powerful incentive to automate farm labor jobs. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "America's robot future: Rajant celebrates new HQ, plans for growth," 2 July 2018 And Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket chain, recently inked a deal with British robotics company Ocado to automate warehouses to optimize grocery deliveries. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Favor, H-E-B to deliver beer and wine throughout Houston," 29 June 2018 Momentum Machines isn’t the first to attempt to automate restaurant kitchens. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 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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automate

verb

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

automate

verb
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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