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English definition of “automaton”

automaton

noun [C]     /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 noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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