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

Other Words from automate

automatable \ ˈȯ-​tə-​ˌmā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce automate (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.
Recent Examples on the Web But by some restaurant owners and staff, they aren’t seen simply as a way to automate the jobs of front of house workers. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 14 Sep. 2022 Salisbury also believes increases in minimum wage will lead to restaurants cutting their labor force and finding ways to automate their operations wherever possible. Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2022 Sit down with your teams and brainstorm ways to automate as much as possible. Jethro Hopkins, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Such events can distort the picture and limit the degree to which Covestro can automate its forecasting processes, Mr. Toepfer said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Open-source tools such as Puppet and Chef help development teams automate tasks related to building, managing and running Linux. Tina Huang, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 In her first couple of years on the job, Donigan closed about 150 unprofitable stores, made plans to roll out small-footprint stores in underserved markets, made corporate workers remote and implemented more technology to automate some tasks. Danielle Abril, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 Founder of Tines, the platform that allows anyone to automate repetitive security workflows without writing a single line of code. Eoin Hinchy, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 If online shopping is your weakness, automate the savings by installing a browser extension that automatically searches for and applies the best coupon codes for your purchase. Seventeen, 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Automate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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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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