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ro·bot

robot

 
 
pronunciation:
ro bat
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part of speech: noun
definition: a machine that can perform some of the same tasks as a human being.
Robots do some of the work of building cars.
 
derivations: robotic (adj.), robotlike (adj.)
Word History
Robot comes from a Czech word that means "forced labor." The word robot was first used in a play about mechanical men that were built to do all the hard physical labor of a society.
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