au·​to·​re·​spond·​er ˌȯ-tō-ri-ˈspän-dər How to pronounce autoresponder (audio)
variants or auto-responder or less commonly auto responder
plural autoresponders or auto-responders also auto responders
: a software feature that automatically sends a response to incoming messages (such as emails)
… it has an email autoresponder that you can use to send follow-up emails to customers after they have made a purchase.Angela Scott-Briggs
The auto responder is a company's introduction to potential clients and customers. It sends … informational messages to site registrants. It delivers reminders about products and services.Mitch Tuch
Think about a short message—conveyed on voice mail and on email and SMS auto-responders—that says something like: "As you can imagine, I'm very busy at the moment. …"Kwame Anthony Appiah
also : a response sent by an autoresponder : auto-response
"One of the most important things that I do before I go on vacation to keep me from being overwhelmed after is I put up an autoresponder that is a little bit more detailed than 'Hey, I'm out of the office from this day to this day.' …" Anna Dearmon Kornick, quoted in HuffPost
An SMS autoresponder … is an automated message that is sent to customers. The message is triggered when a customer sends a text to the business. PRWeb Newswire
"If you want weekends off, you can write an auto-responder that says, 'I'm away from my e-mail until Monday morning. If this is an emergency, please call me on my cell,'" suggests [Sherry] Turkle. Liz Welch

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So consider using an email autoresponder to save yourself some time. Mark Snell, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Is there anything more satisfying than setting up an OOO autoresponder? Emma Laperruque, Bon Appétit, 1 Aug. 2022

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Word History


auto- + responder

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autoresponder was in 1994

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“Autoresponder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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