Definitions for operate

Definitions for (verb) operate

Main entry: operate, operate on

Definition: perform surgery on

Usage: The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life

Main entry: operate

Definition: happen

Usage: What is going on in the minds of the people?

Main entry: operate, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre

Definition: perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense

Main entry: operate, control

Definition: handle and cause to function

Usage: do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol; control the lever

Main entry: lock, mesh, operate, engage

Definition: keep engaged

Usage: engaged the gears

Main entry: operate, run, work, go, function

Definition: perform as expected when applied

Usage: 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

Main entry: operate, run

Definition: direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.

Usage: She is running a relief operation in the Sudan

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