Definition of automation in English:

automation

Line breaks: auto|ma¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɔːtəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • The use or introduction of automatic equipment in a manufacturing or other process or facility: unemployment due to the spread of automation the automation of office tasks
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

1940s (originally US): irregular formation from automatic + -ation.

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