Etymology
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automate (v.)

"to convert to automatic operation," 1954, back-formation from automated (q.v.). Ancient Greek verb automatizein meant "to act of oneself, to act unadvisedly." Related: Automating.

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Definitions of automate

automate (v.)
make automatic or control or operate automatically;
automate the movement of the robot
Synonyms: automatize / automatise
From wordnet.princeton.edu