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Verb: operate  'ó-pu,reyt
  1. Direct or control (projects, businesses, etc.)
    "She is operating a relief operation in the Sudan";
    - run
  2. Perform as expected when applied
    "This old radio doesn't operate anymore";
    - function, work, go, run
  3. Handle and cause to function
    "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol";
    - control
  4. Perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defence
    - manoeuver [non-standard], maneuver [US], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn]
  5. Happen
  6. Keep engaged
    "operated the gears";
    - engage, mesh, lock
  7. (medicine) perform surgery on
    "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life";
    - operate on

Derived forms: operates, operated, operating

See also: operating

Type of: care for, come about, direct, displace, fall out, go, go on, hap, happen, manipulate, move, occur, pass, pass off, take place, treat

Encyclopedia: Operate