Something that's automated is controlled by a machine rather than a person. You probably get cash from an automated teller machine, which is sometimes more convenient than going to the bank.

Automated comes from the Greek word automatos, meaning “acting of oneself.” Something that is automated can just do what it's meant to do without having a person around to run it. Automated also can be used more figuratively to describe something that seems like it's produced by a machine, like the speeches your principal gives every year on the first day of school.

Definitions of automated
  1. adjective
    operated by automation
    “an automated stoker”
    synonyms: machine-controlled, machine-driven
    operating with minimal human intervention; independent of external control
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