—v.t. 1. to apply the principles of automation to (a mechanical process, industry, office, etc.).
2. to operate or control by automation.
3. to displace or make obsolete by automation (often fol. by out): The unskilled jobs are going to be automated out.
—v.i. to install automatic procedures, as for manufacturing or servicing; follow or utilize the principles of automation: Many banks have begun to automate.