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 Power Automate uses a form of robotic process automation, also known as RPA, in which a computer mimics a human’s actions to complete tasks. WIRED, 4 Sep. 2022 Routine tasks are activities done with a high level of automation that don’t require a person to use their full brain capacity. Megan Marples, CNN, 31 Aug. 2022 Some careers that face severe risks of automation in the coming years include cashiers, receptionists and even pilots. WSJ, 19 July 2022 The sheer volume of work, combined with the speed of digital business, requires automation (not to mention navigating existing internal hurdles or lack of leadership support). Chris Taylor, Forbes, 18 July 2022 The attack is based on Microsoft’s Power Automate, an automation tool that was built into Windows 11. WIRED, 4 Sep. 2022 Biocut Systems is a process automation company that helps bioscience firms advance their products from the laboratory to production. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 22 Aug. 2022 Everyone's favorite big box department store has tapped Clockwork, a robot automation company that aims to relieve users of everyday tasks, to provide customers with in-store manicures. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 3 Aug. 2022 With the funding, Walla aims to drive sales and expand its software features, including the addition of an email and text automation platform and an appointments tool for private sessions. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2022 See More

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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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21 Sep 2022

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“Automation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 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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