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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Rocketto said that by 2030, domestic work will be the largest job sector in our economy, given our aging population and the fact that this work cannot be automated. Tiffany Diane Tso,, "Sen. Kamala Harris & Rep. Pramila Jayapal Introduce Bill To Protect Domestic Workers," 15 July 2019 What’s unclear from this description is how large the pool of Micro Trailers is, and how automated the process. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Valve's intriguing 'Steam Labs' experiments help you find new games to play in a sea of releases," 11 July 2019 That is, Facebook found a way to automate and simulate the functions associated with traditional publishing and apply these techniques to the content that users generate themselves. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "What Is Facebook?," 25 June 2019 And attempts to automate the process using drones are proving pricey. The Economist, "Using sponges to census the ocean," 5 June 2019 The new workers will help the company accelerate its artificial intelligence and machine learning work to automate the background check process. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tech companies in the spotlight: Verifone, Checkr, B8ta," 23 Apr. 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'automate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of automate

1952, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for automate

back-formation from automation

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about automate

Statistics for automate

Last Updated

19 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for automate

The first known use of automate was in 1952

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for automate



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on automate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with automate

Spanish Central: Translation of automate

Nglish: Translation of automate for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of automate for Arabic Speakers

Comments on automate

What made you want to look up automate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


characterized by aphorism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!