Definition of automate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

automate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈɔːtəmeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːtəmeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they automate
BrE BrE//ˈɔːtəmeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːtəmeɪt//
 
he / she / it automates
BrE BrE//ˈɔːtəmeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːtəmeɪts//
 
past simple automated
BrE BrE//ˈɔːtəmeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːtəmeɪtɪd//
 
past participle automated
BrE BrE//ˈɔːtəmeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːtəmeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form automating
BrE BrE//ˈɔːtəmeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːtəmeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] automate something to use machines and computers instead of people to do a job or task The entire manufacturing process has been automated. The factory is now fully automated. Word Origin 1950s: back-formation from automation.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: automate