WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
au•to•ma•tion  (ô′tə māshən), 
  1. the technique, method, or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means, as by electronic devices, reducing human intervention to a minimum.
  2. a mechanical device, operated electronically, that functions automatically, without continuous input from an operator.
  3. act or process of automating.
  4. the state of being automated.
  • autom(atic oper)ation 1945–50

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
au•to•mate /ˈɔtəˌmeɪt/USA pronunciation v., -mat•ed, -mat•ing.

    to use machines instead of people to do the work of (a mechanical process, etc.); apply the principles of automation to: [+ object]We need to automate those procedures.[no object]The investors want us to automate.
au•to•ma•tion /ˌɔtəˈmeɪʃən/USA pronunciationn. [uncountable]

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

automation /ˌɔːtəˈmeɪʃən/ n
  1. the use of methods for controlling industrial processes automatically, esp by electronically controlled systems, often reducing manpower
  2. the extent to which a process is so controlled

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