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Definition of automated

: operated automatically an automated process automated equipment/machinery a fully/highly automated factory

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Examples of automated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Citations generated by automated devices should be given the same force any other citation generates: fines, points, and the ability to plead your case in court. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Minor parties suppressed; Too expensive to join Broncos’ bandwagon; We need to tame bad drivers; Veteran receives moving welcome home – 50 years later (12/31/19)," 31 Dec. 2019 Social media analysts immediately raised questions about Surfermom77, noting that the account bore the hallmarks of a social media bot, an automated program that sometimes spread information online while appearing like a human. Washington Post, "Bot or not? Mystery over anonymous user retweeted by Trump," 31 Dec. 2019 Additionally, providers can charge a $3 fee for automated payments, $5.95 to speak to a live agent and $2 for paper bills and statements. NBC News, "Many families struggle to pay for phone calls with loved ones in U.S. prisons," 31 Dec. 2019 In addition, a mix of human and automated censorship means China is able to efficiently scrub the web of unwanted news and discussions. Jane Li, Quartz, "The transformation of China’s top memes over a decade reflects Beijing’s tighter grip on speech," 30 Dec. 2019 An automated license plate reader alerted officers that the suspect’s car had crossed over the George Washington Bridge into New York City about an hour after the attack. Michael Balsamo, Twin Cities, "5 stabbed at Hanukkah celebration in latest attack on Jews," 30 Dec. 2019 The embarrassing ordeal isn't the first time a homeowner has called the cops after being spooked by what turned out to be an automated floor cleaner. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Homeowners in North Carolina called 911 to report an intruder. It turned out to be a rogue Roomba," 30 Dec. 2019 Customers scanned items at automated checkout stations as security guards hovered nearby. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Self-Checkout in France Sets Off Battle Over a Day of Rest," 26 Dec. 2019 In Idaho, introduction of an automated system to determine the dollar value of disability services available to Medicaid recipients resulted in large cuts for many recipients. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "State of Michigan's mistake led to man filing bankruptcy," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of automated

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of automated was in 1952

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Last Updated

5 Jan 2020

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“Automated.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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