Meaning of “automatically” in the English Dictionary

"automatically" in British English

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automaticallyadverb

uk /ˌɔː.təˈmæt.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˌɑː.t̬əˈmæt̬.ɪ.kəl.i/

automatically adverb (INDEPENDENTLY)

B2 If a machine or device does something automatically, it does it independently, without human control:

The camera adjusts the shutter speed automatically.

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  • If you are continuing on an onward flight, your bags will be transferred automatically.
  • The clock automatically readjusts when you enter a new time zone.
  • The data is validated automatically by the computer after it has been entered.
  • Does this camera wind on automatically?
  • If the cabin depressurizes, oxygen masks will automatically drop down.

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

"automatically" in American English

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automaticallyadverb

us /ˌɔ·t̬əˈmæt·ɪk·li/

automatically adverb (INDEPENDENTLY)

without human control; independently:

The camera focuses automatically.

automatically adverb (CERTAINLY)

according to rules or schedules that are certain to be followed:

You get a pay increase automatically after six months.

(Definition of “automatically” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"automatically" in Business English

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automaticallyadverb

uk /ˌɔːtəˈmætɪkli/ us /ˌɑːṱəˈmæţ-/

done by a machine, system, or process that is designed to complete a task without a person having to control it:

Paychecks are automatically deposited into your account on the 26th of each month.
The program automatically downloads and installs new updates.

happening or reacting without the need to consider or do anything extra:

Any employee who is found guilty of sexual harassment will be automatically discharged.
Once you have used the system for a while you will find you save your work automatically, without thinking about it.

(Definition of “automatically” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)