autopilot Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “autopilot” in the English Dictionary

"autopilot" in British English

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autopilotnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈɔː.təʊˌpaɪ.lət/  us   /ˈɑː.t̬oʊ-/
a ​device that ​keepsaircraft, ​spacecraft, and ​shipsmoving in a ​particulardirection without ​humaninvolvement: The ​plane was on autopilot when it ​crashed.
(Definition of autopilot from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"autopilot" in Business English

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autopilotnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈɔːtəʊˌpaɪlət/ (also automatic pilot)
TRANSPORT equipment on an ​aircraft or ​ship to make it continue to ​travel in the ​correct direction by itself without needing a ​person to ​control it: To ​shut off the autopilot and ​free other ​controls, the ​pilot must ​enter the ​commands into the onboard ​computers.
on autopilot happeningautomatically or doing something ​automatically, without having to ​think about what you are doing: When your ​marketing is ​effective and ​running on autopilot, you can ​spend more ​time on the ​tasks you like to do.
(Definition of autopilot from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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