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Meaning of “automatic” in the English Dictionary

"automatic" in British English

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automaticadjective

uk   /ˌɔː.təˈmæt.ɪk/  us   /ˌɑː.t̬əˈmæt̬-/
  • automatic adjective (INDEPENDENT)

B2 An automatic ​machine or ​device is ​able to ​operateindependently of ​humancontrol: automatic ​doors an automatic ​rifle automatic ​focus on a ​camera

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automaticnoun [C]

uk   /ˌɔː.təˈmæt.ɪk/  us   /ˌɑː.t̬əˈmæt̬-/
a ​vehicle in which you do not have to ​change the gears: Kate ​drives an automatic.
(Definition of automatic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"automatic" in American English

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automaticadjective

 us   /ˌɔ·t̬əˈmæt̬·ɪk/
  • automatic adjective (INDEPENDENT)

able to ​operateindependently of ​humancontrol: 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 ​morningbecame automatic.
  • automatic adjective (CERTAIN)

happeningaccording to ​rules that are ​certain to be ​followed, and ​therefore not ​needing a ​decision: Citizenship is automatic for ​childrenborn in the US. People on ​SocialSecurity get automatic cost-of-living ​increases each ​year.
(Definition of automatic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"automatic" in Business English

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automaticadjective

uk   us   /ˌɔːtəˈmætɪk/
an automatic ​machine, ​process, or ​system is able to ​operate, complete a ​task, or ​move by itself without being ​controlled by a ​person: Tick the 'automatic ​update' ​box and the ​date and ​time will be ​updated for you. automatic ​sliding doors automatic ​payment/​transfer/​withdrawal
happening as a usual ​result, without the need for ​extrapermission, ​approval, ​proof, etc.: EU nationals have the automatic ​right to ​apply for ​jobs in other countries within the ​European Union.
(Definition of automatic from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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