Definition of Operate

1. Verb. Direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.. "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"

Exact synonyms: Run
Specialized synonyms: Financier, Work, Block, Warm Up
Generic synonyms: Direct
Derivative terms: Operation, Operation, Operator, Running



2. Verb. Perform as expected when applied. "These cars won't operate "; "This old radio doesn't work anymore"
Exact synonyms: Function, Go, Run, Work
Specialized synonyms: Double, Roll, Run, Cut, Serve, Service
Related verbs: Run, Work
Derivative terms: Functioning, Operant, Operation, Operation, Operative
Antonyms: Malfunction

3. Verb. Handle and cause to function. "Control the lever"
Exact synonyms: Control
Specialized synonyms: Synchronise, Synchronize, Dial, Turn, Submarine, Treadle, Relay, Gate, Pedal, Drive, Aviate, Fly, Pilot
Related verbs: Control, Master
Generic synonyms: Manipulate
Derivative terms: Control, Control, Operation, Operative, Operator

4. Verb. Perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense.
Exact synonyms: Maneuver, Manoeuver, Manoeuvre
Generic synonyms: Go, Move
Specialized synonyms: Jockey
Derivative terms: Maneuver, Manoeuvre, Operation

5. Verb. Happen. "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
Generic synonyms: Come About, Fall Out, Go On, Hap, Happen, Occur, Pass, Pass Off, Take Place
Derivative terms: Operation

6. Verb. Keep engaged. "Engaged the gears"
Exact synonyms: Engage, Lock, Mesh
Specialized synonyms: Flip, Switch, Throw, Ride
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Antonyms: Disengage
Derivative terms: Engagement, Mesh, Mesh, Meshing, Operation, Operation

7. Verb. Perform surgery on. "Did he operate his foot? "; "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"
Exact synonyms: Operate On
Category relationships: Medicine, Practice Of Medicine
Specialized synonyms: Desex, Desexualise, Desexualize, Fix, Sterilise, Sterilize, Unsex, Face-lift, Lift, Trephine, Venesect
Generic synonyms: Care For, Treat
Derivative terms: Operation, Operative

Definition of Operate

1. v. i. To perform a work or labor; to exert power or strengh, physical or mechanical; to act.

2. v. t. To produce, as an effect; to cause.

Definition of Operate

1. Verb. To perform a work or labour; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act. ¹

2. Verb. To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature; especially (Med.), to take appropriate effect on the human system. ¹

3. Verb. To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence. ¹

4. Verb. (medicine) 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. ¹

5. Verb. To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits. ¹

6. Verb. To produce, as an effect; to cause. ¹

7. Verb. To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work; as, to operate a machine. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Operate

1. to perform a function [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

Medical Definition of Operate

1. 1. To perform a work or labour; to exert power or strengh, physical or mechanical; to act. 2. To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature; especially, to take appropriate effect on the human system. 3. To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence. "The virtues of private persons operate but on a few." (Atterbury) "A plain, convincing reason operates on the mind both of a learned and ignorant hearer as long as they live." (Swift) 4. 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. 5. To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits. Origin: L. Operatus, p.p. Of operari to work, fr. Opus, operis, work, labour; akin to Skr. Apas, and also to G. Uben to exercise, OHG. Uoben, Icel. Fa. Cf. Inure, Manoeuvre, Ure. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Operate

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operalike
operameter
operand
operanda
operands
operandum
operant
operant behaviour
operant conditioning
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operants
operas
operate (current term)
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operatic
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operatical
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operatics
operating
operating(a)
operating-room
operating-system
operating-theatre

Literary usage of Operate

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Electric interurban trains operate between Tacoma and Seattle on a half-hour ... Automobile stages on regular schedules operate on a dozen paved highways to ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"declaring that the appeal bond filed does not operate as a ... It follows as a matter of course that the writ cannot operate as a supersedeas, ..."

3. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by Great Britain Court of King's Bench, George Mifflin Wharton (1845)
"GROSE, J. The note or bill, not having been accepted as satisfaction for the debt, could only operate as a collateral security ; and though judgment has ..."

4. Convention by National Electric Light Association Convention, National Independent Meat Packers Association, University of Georgia College of Agriculture, University of Georgia Dept. of Food Science (1906)
"... CO-operate WITH" MANUFACTURERS' ADVERTISING COMMITTEE Mr. Présidant and Members of the National Electric Light Association: The interesting paper ..."

5. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1918)
"... or did they merely give to the company a right of way or other limited interest in the land on which д to construct and operate a railroad? ..."

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