Operate Definition

operated, operates, operating
operated, operates, operating
To bring about as an effect.
Webster's New World
To be in action so as to produce an effect; act; function; work.
Webster's New World
To put or keep in action; work (a machine, etc.)
Webster's New World
To perform a surgical operation.
Webster's New World
To exert an influence.
Forces operating on the economy.
American Heritage

Origin of Operate

  • From Latin operatus, past participle of operari (“to work, labor, toil, have effect"), from opus, operis (“work, labor").

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin operārī operāt- to work op- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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