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 For instance, adversaries are likely to implement automation technologies to deliver cyberattacks at scale, with malware and DDoS attacks remaining a particular problem. Danny Lopez, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, in Holland, Michigan, city leaders set target goals on energy consumption and the deployment of smart heating, ventilation and air conditioning automation systems in the renovation of buildings. Fortune, 13 Jan. 2022 Founded in 2003, Biosero makes workflow automation software that helps life sciences labs speed up drug discovery. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Dec. 2021 But more than 600 accessibility experts have put their names to a document asking website operators to not use such automation tools, including AccessiBe. Tom Simonite, Wired, 11 Nov. 2021 But Rhodes said the existing automation software had become outdated., 28 Oct. 2021 The Port of Houston recently widened its channels and added taller cranes, while adding new automation systems for routing containers and managing inventory. Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2021 The apartment also features its own private gym, laundry room, and smart home automation system. Tristan Balagtas,, 19 Oct. 2021 There was one problem, though: About 60 percent of Bodega’s sales went to shoppers gaming the system with bots, timesaving automation software used to speed through checkout. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021

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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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24 Jan 2022

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“Automation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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