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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Though technology has brought down the costs of making and transporting goods, many jobs have been automated away, or outsourced to foreign countries. Raghuram Rajan For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "We can't rely on national governments to save failing communities. It's time for a new approach," 18 June 2019 The stubbornly high number of people killed in crashes comes despite a heightened emphasis on advanced safety systems in new vehicles, such as collision avoidance, lane departure warning and partially automated steering. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "2018 was third-deadliest year of the decade on American roads, NHTSA says," 17 June 2019 The new Evoque also uses artificial intelligence to track the driver's preferences and automate comfort and media settings. Houston Chronicle, "Range Rover Evoque gets added finesse, mild-hybrid versions," 14 June 2019 If monetary policy were entirely automated, however, the information embodied in markets would be useful but unused. The Economist, "The market believes the Fed will cut rates by September. Should it?," 13 June 2019 Imagine it’s snowing and the lines on the road are covered, said Sanjay Sood, head of highly automated driving at Here. Ally Marotti,, "An autonomous vehicle took on Chicago's thick morning traffic. Here's what happened.," 12 June 2019 Japan has long been a powerhouse in robotics, fueled by its huge appetite for automating its automotive and manufacturing industries. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "The Next Generation of Robots Will Be Powered By Artificial Intelligence: Eye on A.I.," 11 June 2019 The astronauts are still needed to run the experiments, but the space research company has automated the process as much as possible. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "A 10-Year Odyssey: What Space Stations Will Look Like in 2030," 10 June 2019 In looking at the world's 10 biggest economies -- including the top two, the U.S. and China -- McKinsey found that 107 million jobs females now hold could be automated by 2030, affecting 20% of working women. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Automation could throw millions of women out of work," 6 June 2019

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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 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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to take the place or position of

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