Meaning of “automatic” in the English Dictionary

"automatic" in English

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uk /ˌɔː.təˈmæt.ɪk/ us /ˌɑː.t̬əˈmæt̬.ɪk/

automaticnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌɔː.təˈmæt.ɪk/ us /ˌɑː.t̬əˈmæt̬.ɪk/

(Definition of “automatic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"automatic" in American English

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us /ˌɔ·t̬əˈmæt̬·ɪk/

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)

"automatic" in Business English

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uk /ˌɔːtəˈmætɪk/ us

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

happening as a usual result, without the need for extra permission, 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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