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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To scale up and automate these forecasts Benjamin Van Doren, a Ph.D. student at the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, and Kyle Horton, a postdoc at Cornell University, built a computer model of weather and bird migration. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Migration forecasts could help prevent wind turbines and buildings from killing millions of birds," 5 Apr. 2018 Now the process is largely automated and new technology has enabled more flexibility in timing. Fox News, "A lifeline for workers who face hardship between paychecks," 6 Aug. 2018 Sixty-one percent said technology firms would do a better job of automating financial processes than these firms, according to the report. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Parsing of Audit Work Creates Opening for Technology Firms," 11 Feb. 2019 Previously, the barriers to entry to automating abuse and disinformation were incredibly low. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Twitter's fake account purge can help turn the tide against influence campaigns," 9 July 2018 Of the updates, one of the most highly-anticipated involved ways that Apple would be automating certain functions in order to allow users to spend less time on their phones. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Stream Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote Presentation Here," 4 June 2018 Another $50,000 will go toward automating alarm system calls and separating them from 911 calls. Cameron Knight,, "Kyle Plush death: Cincinnati City Council passes $454K spending package for 911 center in wake of Honda Odyssey minivan death.," 25 Apr. 2018 The facility, on roughly an acre of land, is highly automated and requires only a few people to operate it, with up to 34 vehicles stacked inside (Chevrolet Tahoe trucks are the largest that will fit). Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Buy a car like a candy bar: Carvana's vehicle 'vending machine' opens in Phoenix area," 21 June 2018 By automating processes and dealing with customers mainly online (usually via a mobile phone), such operators keep down staff numbers and costs. The Economist, "The bottom rungFinancial inclusion in the rich world," 3 May 2018

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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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