Definition of Operate on
1. Verb. Perform surgery on. "Did he operate on his foot? "; "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"
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
Lexicographical Neighbors of Operate On
Literary usage of Operate on
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1809)
"... depending on'the talle and feelings of the reader, will not operate on all with equal force ; nor will even they who allow its inferiority to the other ..."
2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1887)
"force or law, operating, or which can be made to operate, on matter, will not entitle the discoverer to a patent. It is only where the explorer has gone ..."
3. The History of the French Revolution by Adolphe Thiers (1840)
"Thus the new coalition was ready to operate on the front of our line * "Alexander Suwarrow .... operate on ..."
4. The History of the French Revolution by Adolphe Thiers, Frederic Shoberl (1866)
"Thus the new coalition was ready to operate on the front of Revolution opened. Brune was young ; his head and heart confessed but one idea— glory and his ..."
5. The United States of America: A Study in International Organization by James Brown Scott (1920)
"... Executive and Judicial Vetoes Laws operate on Individual reported by the latter to the effect that he " considered this as the key-stone wanted to ..."
6. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"I did not know whether Dr. Tayloe would operate on me without the money or not, ... whether he would operate on me or not, and would have not been uneasy. ..."
7. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1890)
"All these causee of differences of wages in different employments may be explained by showing the way in which they operate on the demand and supply of ..."