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  Definition of operate
  1. perform surgery on; "The doctors operated ont he patient but failed to save his life"
  2. happen; "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
  3. perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
  4. handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
  5. keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
  6. perform as expected when applied; "The washing machine won''t go unless it''s plugged in"; "Does this old car still run well?"; "This old radio doesn''t work anymore"
  7. direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
Similar Words: operate on, manoeuver, maneuver, manoeuvre, control, engage, mesh, lock, function, work, go, run

 

Hyponyms: sterilize, sterilise, desex, unsex, desexualize, desexualise, fix, face-lift, lift, trephine, venesect, jockey, synchronize, synchronise, dial, turn, submarine, treadle, relay, gate, pedal, drive, fly, aviate, pilot, throw, flip, switch, ride, double, roll, run, cut, service, serve, financier, work, block, warm up

 

Grouped Verbs: master, control, run, work

 

Derivational Morphology: operation, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process, process, cognitive process, mental process, cognitive operation, military operation, maneuver, manoeuvre, simulated military operation, control, controller, operator, manipulator, engagement, mesh, meshing, interlocking, interlock, functioning, performance, procedure, running

 

Anagrams: praetor, prorate

 

Language Translations:
Chinese: 操作   Dutch: aandrijven  
Finnish: toimia   French: opérer  
German: operieren   Hungarian: működik  
Italian: operare   Japanese: 運営する  
Korean: 경영하다   Portuguese: operar  
Russian: оперировать   Spanish: operar  
Swedish: operera  
 
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