This man is operating a motor vehicle.
- An example of to operate is making a call on your cell phone.
- An example of to operate is driving a car.
- An example of to operate is a doctor removing someones appendix.
intransitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to be in action so as to produce an effect; act; function; work
- to bring about a desired or appropriate effect; have a certain influence
- to carry on strategic military movements
- to perform a surgical operation
Origin of operatefrom Classical Latin operatus, past participle of operari, to work from opus (gen. operis): see opus
- Now Rare to bring about as an effect
- to put or keep in action; work (a machine, etc.)
- to conduct or direct the affairs of (a business, etc.); manage
verbop·er·at·ed, op·er·at·ing, op·er·ates
- To perform a function; work: The motor operates smoothly.
- To perform surgery.
- a. To exert an influence: forces operating on the economy.b. To produce a desired or proper effect: a drug that operates quickly.
- To carry on a military or naval action or campaign.
- Informal To conduct business in an irregular or devious manner: drug dealers operating in residential and urban areas.
- To control the functioning of; run: operate a sewing machine.
- To conduct the affairs of; manage: operate a business.
- To supply with power: a car that is operated by electricity.
Origin of operateLatin operārī operāt- to work ; see op- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present operates, present participle operating, simple past and past participle operated)
- (intransitive) To perform a work or labour; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.
- (intransitive) To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature; especially (medicine) to take appropriate effect on the human system.
- (intransitive) To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence.
- (medicine, or intransitive) To perform some manual act upon a human body in a methodical manner, and usually with instruments, with a view to restore soundness or health, as in amputation, lithotomy, etc.
- (intransitive) To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
- (intransitive) To produce, as an effect; to cause.
- (intransitive) To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work.
- to operate a machine