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

Other Words from automate

automatable \ ˈȯ-​tə-​ˌmā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce automate (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.
Recent Examples on the Web To win, SunPower had to do exactly what U.S. chip companies had to do with their cost-sensitive chip assembly factories in the 1970s—first automate them, and then put them in low-cost countries. T.j. Rodgers, WSJ, 24 May 2022 Companies like Uber or Lyft, for example, partly automate work by outsourcing supervision and oversight (both forms of unproductive labor) to an app. Jane Hu, The New Yorker, 18 May 2022 But with help from Microsoft (MSFT), Kraft can automate more of those steps to speed up the process. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 6 May 2022 James Svetec, an owner of BNB Inner Circle, a host coaching service, suggests investing in software to automate reservations, like Hospitable or Hostaway. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2022 Pinterest will be using a new programming interface to help automate catalog updates and uploads. Gene Marks, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2022 At the port city of Ningbo, the companies built a similar 5G network to help automate the tallying of freight containers and power unmanned container trucks, GSMA says. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2022 Niccol also said the company was using A.I. to help automate scheduling interviews for job applicants. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 11 Jan. 2022 There’s growing interest in using AI to help automate more mundane work. Will Knight, Wired, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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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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