automatically

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Automatically is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈɔːtəʊˌmæt.ɪk(.ə)li/ or /ˈɔːtəˌmætɪk(.ə)li/, SAMPA: /"O:t@U%m{t.Ik(.@)li:/ or /"O:t@%m{t.Ik(.@)li:/

Adverb[change]

Positive
automatically

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. If something happens automatically, it happens without the need for a person to start it or do anything more.
    The door closed and locked automatically behind him.
    If you sign up for this, you'll automatically be entered in a contest to win a car.
  2. If you do something automatically, you do it without thinking about it.
    If a man and woman spend time together, you shouldn't automatically assume they're lovers.
    "You're welcome," she said automatically.

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