Operate meaning

ŏp'ə-rāt'
To perform a function; work.

The motor operates smoothly.

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To perform surgery.
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To supply with power.

A car that is operated by electricity.

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To be in action so as to produce an effect; act; function; work.
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To bring about a desired or appropriate effect; have a certain influence.
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To carry on strategic military movements.
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To perform a surgical operation.
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To bring about as an effect.
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To perform a function; work.

The motor operates smoothly.

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To perform surgery.
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(intransitive) To perform a work or labour; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.
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(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.
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(intransitive) To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence.
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(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.
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(intransitive) To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
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(intransitive) To produce, as an effect; to cause.
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(intransitive) To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work.

To operate a machine.

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Operate is defined as to perform a function or medical procedure.

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.

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To carry on a military or naval action or campaign.
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To conduct business in an irregular or devious manner.

Drug dealers operating in residential and urban areas.

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To control the functioning of; run.

Operate a sewing machine.

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To conduct the affairs of; manage.

Operate a business.

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Origin of operate

  • Latin operārī operāt- to work op- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin operatus, past participle of operari (“to work, labor, toil, have effect"), from opus, operis (“work, labor").
    From Wiktionary