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 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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Recent Examples on the Web Encore’s decision to automate some of its bartending operations highlights a pattern toward automation in what has traditionally been a labor-intensive industry. Andy Rosen,, "Encore to replace some of its bartenders with machines," 9 Jan. 2020 The city is working with a consultant to automate invoices for impact fees and is expected to be done by Dec. 20. Sarah Ravani,, "Oakland collects fee for affordable housing, but funds go untracked," 10 Dec. 2019 In this instance, hackers appear to have automated the attack, and according to the company, around 900 individuals had their accounts targeted and charged ¥ 55 million ($500,000). Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "7-Eleven Japan shut down its mobile payment app after hackers stole $500,000 from users," 6 July 2019 Features like Trail Control, which uses electronics to automate throttle control and braking in tough off-road situations, are shared with the F-150, evidence that Ford truly, if belatedly, appreciates the Ranger. Mark Phelan,, "Free Press Truck of the Year: Ford Ranger returns loaded with value, big-truck features," 29 Dec. 2019 So, our solution was to create an analysis module that will automate all that analysis. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "New website aims to gather all those camera trap mugs of wildlife," 17 Dec. 2019 By automating the construction of the wall system, the homes can go from groundbreaking to move-in-ready in three to four months. Amy Eskind,, "These 3-D Printed Homes Cost $60K and Are Being Built in a New Texas Community for the Homeless," 13 Dec. 2019 Programs like Adobe Illustrator have many shortcuts to help illustrators automate the production of geometric forms, color palettes, and other effects. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "Why editorial illustrations look so similar these days," 26 Oct. 2019 Those effects come, in part, from globalizing and automating previously local, human processes. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Technology Sabotaged Public Safety," 10 Oct. 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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Automate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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