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  1. op·er·ate
    IPA[ˈäpəˌrāt]
  2. verb

    • 1. (of a person) control the functioning of (a machine, process, or system):

      a shortage of workers to operate new machines
      Synonym : work, make go, run, set off, use, utilize, employ, handle, control, wield, ply, manage, be in charge of, drive, steer, guide, pilot, manipulate, maneuver, exercise
    • 2. (of a machine, process, or system) function in a specified manner:

      market forces were allowed to operate freely
      Synonym : function, work, go, run, perform, act, be in action, behave, be in working/running order, be operative, take effect, act, be in effect, be in force, be in operation, stand, apply, be applied, run, be/remain valid, be current, function, be efficacious, hold good, be the case
    • 3. be in effect:

      there is a powerful law that operates in politics
    • 4. (of a person or organization) manage and run (a business):

      many foreign companies operate factories in the U.S
      Synonym : direct, control, manage, run, conduct, carry on, govern, administer, superintend, head (up), lead, look after, supervise, oversee, preside over, be in control/charge of
    • 5. (of an organization) be managed and run in a specified way:

      neither company had operated within the terms of its charter
    • 6. (of an armed force) conduct military activities in a specified area or from a specified base:

      the mountain bases from which the guerrillas were operating
    • 7. perform a surgical operation:

      surgeons operated on on his jaw yesterday morning doctors refused to operate because of the risks involved
      Synonym : perform surgery, carry out an operation, intervene, put someone under the knife
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: operate, 3rd person present: operates, gerund or present participle: operating, past tense: operated, past participle: operated

    • verb

      (of a person) control the functioning of (a machine, process, or system):

      (of a machine, process, or system) function in a specified manner:

    • adjective

      operated by inserting coins in a slot:
    • noun

      a machine that is coin-operated.
    • noun

      a room in a hospital specially equipped for surgical operations.
    • noun

      a profit from business operations (gross profit less operating expenses) before deduction of interest and taxes.
    • noun

      an estimate of the income and expenditure of a company or organization over a set period:
    • noun

      the software that supports a computer's basic functions, such as scheduling tasks, executing applications, and controlling peripherals.
    • noun

      a book giving detailed information about how something should be operated:
    • adjective

      powered by means of a battery:
    • plural

      detailed information about how something should be operated:
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