automate [aw-tuh-meyt] WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), au·to·mat·ed, au·to·mat·ing. to apply the principles ofto (a mechanical process, industry, office, etc.). to operate or control by . to displace or make obsolete by (often followed by out): The unskilled jobs are going to be automated out. verb (used without object), au·to·mat·ed, au·to·mat·ing. to install procedures, as for manufacturing or servicing; follow or utilize the principles of : Many banks have begun to automate.
Origin of automate First recorded in 1950–55; back formation fromRelated formsau·to·mat·a·ble, adjectivede-au·to·mate, verb, de-au·to·mat·ed, de-au·to·mat·ing.non·au·to·mat·ed, adjectiveun·au·to·mat·ed, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for automatable automate verb to make (a manufacturing process, factory, etc) automatic, or (of a manufacturing process, etc) to be made automatic Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for automatable automate v.
“to convert to automatic operation,” 1954, back-formation from(q.v.). Ancient Greek verb automatizein meant “to act of oneself, to act unadvisedly.” Related: Automating.
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