au·​to·​ma·​tion | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce automation (audio) \

Definition of automation

1 : the technique of making an apparatus, a process, or a system operate automatically
2 : the state of being operated automatically
3 : automatically controlled operation of an apparatus, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of human labor

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Examples of automation in a Sentence

feared that automation would add millions to the ranks of the unemployed
Recent Examples on the Web This allows owners of companies to easily suck the capital out of their firms (through downsizing, cost-cutting, automation, offshoring, and benefit reduction) and dump it either into other companies or, uselessly, back into equity markets. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Everyone Wants to Be a Bank," 6 Jan. 2020 EMarketer retail analyst Andrew Lipsman says that automation technology will be one of the biggest retail trends in 2020. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Amazon Go’s Cashierless Stores Have a New Rival," 20 Dec. 2019 Companies have sought to beef up protections, using technologies such as automation, for instance, to detect and remove listings. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Colombia is threatening to sue Walmart over a cocaine-themed holiday sweater," 11 Dec. 2019 Now, if Marriott plans to bring in new technology or automation, it is required to give 165 days’ notice and bargain over the changes. Wired, "Opinion: Workers Deserve a Say in Automation," 20 Nov. 2019 Bryce Goldberg of Sunrise, representing Andrew Yang, touted the candidate’s concerns about job losses from automation, something Yang believes drove voters away from Democrats and toward Trump in 2016. Anthony Man,, "Elizabeth Warren wins big in Broward Young Democrats straw poll, far ahead of Biden and Sanders," 15 Oct. 2019 Businesses laying the groundwork for disruptive operational change via automation, AI and other means must also prepare to retrain their workers and give them the technical skills needed for the company’s next generation of jobs. Harold Ford, Scientific American, "The Economic Imperative of Reforming STEM Education," 1 Oct. 2019 With consumer habits trending towards more automation, self-service and mobile ordering, the organization wanted to be ready for that. cleveland, "Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse’s tech improvements up the wow factor while keeping an eye on the future," 28 Sep. 2019 Analytics, automation, and artificial intelligence are the most sought-after currently, the Infosys survey said. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Lack of funds is the biggest hurdle for companies wanting to reskill their staff," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of automation

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for automation

automatic entry 1

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The first known use of automation was in 1912

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Automation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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au·​to·​ma·​tion | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce automation (audio) \

Kids Definition of automation

1 : the method of making a machine, a process, or a system work without being directly controlled by a person
2 : automatic working of a machine, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of humans

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