Definition of robot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrəʊbɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊbɑːt//
    Manufacturing, How machines work
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  1. 1a machine that can perform a complicated series of tasks automatically These cars are built by robots. See related entries: Manufacturing, How machines work
  2. 2(especially in stories) a machine that is made to look like a human and that can do some things that a human can do
  3. 3(South African English) a traffic light Turn left at the first robot.
  4. Word Originfrom Czech, from robota ‘forced labour’. The term was coined in K. Čapek's play R.U.R. ‘ Rossum's Universal Robots’ (1920).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: robot