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  • The use of largely automatic equipment in a system of manufacturing or other production process.

    ‘unemployment due to the spread of automation’
    • ‘the automation of office tasks’
    • ‘Only automation can help keep manufacturing in the UK, and that will not do much for bulk jobs when the upturn resumes.’
    • ‘Makers of hand-held computers and office automation equipment are buying the chips, he said.’
    • ‘It is not just that automation makes these tasks cheaper or faster, but that it makes them possible at all.’
    • ‘She investigated the possibilities of voice recognition software and electronic note automation.’
    • ‘Among recent projects listed on the website is a system for casino automation.’
    • ‘The introduction of automation rapidly improved working conditions and productivity levels.’
    • ‘Quicker decisions will be made through greater automation of the application process.’
    • ‘In contrast, automation allows the outputs of one stage to be transformed into the inputs for the next, without loss.’
    • ‘We shouldn't make a fetish out of speed and automation, especially when we ignore fairness, accuracy, and security.’
    • ‘Design automation vendors are arguing that staff shortages are pushing customers to look at greater levels of automation.’
    • ‘Better solutions for both of these examples would be to leave the human process untouched and augment the system with automation.’
    • ‘This automation will greatly reduce the manual editing that might be still required.’
    • ‘Well, now it looks like even seeing-eye dogs are being put out of work by automation.’
    • ‘The increased use of automation can also be expected to be a factor in this market segment.’
    • ‘We had to do it in such a way that we used automation and our Web site to keep costs down.’
    • ‘Are you taking advantage of the powerful automation technology available on the Internet?’
    • ‘Once this had been achieved it became possible to introduce more and more automation in the performance of the functions of the assembly line.’
    • ‘As industry was modernized by automation and computerization, workers' skills became outdated or unwanted.’
    • ‘A high degree of automation is possible with some types of irrigation equipment.’
    • ‘We made a significant investment in automation and moved away from manual processes.’



/ˌôdəˈmāSH(ə)n/ /ˌɔdəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/ /ˌädəˈmāSH(ə)n/ /ˌɑdəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/


Late 19th century (with reference to a theory that living organisms act in a purely mechanical way): irregular formation from automatic+ -ation. The current sense dates from the 1940s.