Definition of automate in English:



  • Convert (a process or facility) to be operated by largely automatic equipment.

    ‘industry is investing in automating production’
    ‘a fully automated process’
    • ‘It worked with a number of the leading chains to develop a system that automates the reimbursement process for pharmacies.’
    • ‘Some sites are even automating the process for operators.’
    • ‘It is relatively easy to see a trading pattern, but the challenge comes in trying to fully automate the process.’
    • ‘Over the past few years, solutions have appeared on the market for automating the business processes that companies use on a day-to-day basis.’
    • ‘Apparently having this done manually is extremely costly, so there's considerable incentive to automate the process as much as possible.’
    • ‘The IT Department decided to look for a solution that would automate this entire process.’
    • ‘These tools automate manual processes and substantially streamline our business.’
    • ‘In some situations, automating a process can change the role of human involvement and eliminate the risk of mistakes.’
    • ‘Paying a gas bill or checking a credit card balance can now be a wholly automated process, for example.’
    • ‘An agency's online reservation software automates the tedious process of creating receipts, invoices, confirmations, vouchers and more.’
    • ‘They use it to automate a process that people do manually everyday: exchange contact information.’
    • ‘The good news is that a growing range of new tools and techniques can help companies automate the process.’
    • ‘The company also offers project management tools that automate the marketing process.’
    • ‘Thus, the project's goal was to create a toolkit to automate this process.’
    • ‘The company was well on the way to automating the whole process, from ordering online and cutting the panels to delivery of the final product.’
    • ‘True e-commerce involves developing a partnership that redefines and automates the purchasing process.’
    • ‘He built and released to the world the design of a robot that automates the process of putting DNA samples into gene arrays.’
    • ‘Much of the process is now automated, and the banks have given an undertaking that they will respond within five days.’
    mechanized, mechanical, automated, push-button, preprogrammed, computerized, electronic, robotic, unmanned
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1950s: back-formation from automation.