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English definition of “automaton”

automaton

noun [C] uk   /ɔːˈtɒm.ə.tən/ us    /ɑːˈtɑː.mə.t̬ən/ (plural automatons or automata   /-tə/   )
a machine that operates on its own without the need for human control, or a person who acts like a machine, without thinking or feeling: I do the same route to work every day, like some sort of automaton.Machinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic chores
(Definition of automaton from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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