Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “automatic”

See all translations

automatic

adjective  /ˌɔ·t̬əˈmæt̬·ɪk/ us  

automatic adjective (INDEPENDENT)

able to operate independently of human control: The car has a five-speed automatic transmission.

automatic adjective (NOT CONSCIOUS)

(of an action) done without thinking about it: Soon enough, taking her pill every morning became automatic.

automatic adjective (CERTAIN)

happening according to rules that are certain to be followed, and therefore not needing a decision: Citizenship is automatic for children born in the US. People on Social Security get automatic cost-of-living increases each year.
(Definition of automatic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of automatic?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “automatic” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

escapism

a way of avoiding an unpleasant or boring life, especially by thinking, reading, etc. about more exciting but impossible activities

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More