automate

verb
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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Inside the solid walls of the factory, engineers are scrambling to rework a problematic assembly line that Musk himself admitted was over-automated. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "Elon Musk is about to reveal how many Model 3s he's making. But that won't answer all the questions facing Tesla," 29 June 2018 Puppet, whose technology automates management of large computing system, said the deal will help its clients make better use of their online tools. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Puppet buys prominent Portland startup Reflect," 7 June 2018 The centers are semi-automated with thousands of employees assisted by a staff of robots. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Business Briefs: The Woodlands - Feb. 17," 17 Feb. 2018 Last year, Lyft’s policy chief told the audience that most of the service’s rides would be automated in five years. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Home From the Honeymoon, the Self-Driving Car Industry Faces Reality," 13 July 2018 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

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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 \
automated; automating

Kids Definition of automate

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

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