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automatic

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

automatic adjective (INDEPENDENT)

B2 An automatic machine or device is able to operate independently of human control: automatic doors an automatic rifle automatic focus on a cameraMechanical engineering

automatic adjective (NOT CONSCIOUS)

C2 done without thinking about it: Over time, driving just becomes automatic. My automatic response was to pull my hand away.Not expected or planned

automatic adjective (CERTAIN)

C2 certain to happen as part of the normal process or system: Citizenship is automatic for children born in this country. You get an automatic promotion after two years.Inevitable

automatic

noun [C] uk   /ˌɔː.təˈmæt.ɪk/ us    /ˌɑː.t̬əˈmæt̬-/
a vehicle in which you do not have to change the gears: Kate drives an automatic.Machinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic chores
(Definition of automatic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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