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Meaning of OPERATE

Pronunciation:  'âpu`reyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  perform surgery on; "The doctors operated ont he patient but failed to save his life"
  2. [v]  happen; "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
  3. [v]  perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
  4. [v]  handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
  5. [v]  keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
  6. [v]  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. [v]  direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"

OPERATE is a 7 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: control, engage, function, go, lock, maneuver, manoeuvre, mesh, operate on, run, run, work
 Antonyms: disengage, malfunction, misfunction, withdraw
 See Also: aviate, block, care for, come about, cut, desex, desexualise, desexualize, dial, direct, displace, double, drive, face-lift, financier, fix, flip, fly, gate, go, go on, hap, happen, jockey, lift, manipulate, move, move, occur, pass, pass off, pedal, pilot, relay, ride, roll, serve, service, sterilise, sterilize, submarine, switch, synchronise, synchronize, take place, throw, treadle, treat, trephine, turn, unsex, warm up, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Op"er*ate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Operated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Operating}.] [L. operatus, p. p. of operari to work,
    fr. opus, operis, work, labor; akin to Skr. apas, and also to
    G. ["u]ben to exercise, OHG. uoben, Icel. ?fa. Cf. {Inure},
    {Maneuver}, {Ure}.]
    1. To perform a work or labor; 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 (Med.), 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.
             A plain, convincing reason operates on the mind both
             of a learned and ignorant hearer as long as they
             live.                                 --Swift.
    4. (Surg.) 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. [Brokers' Cant]
  2. \Op"er*ate\, v. t.
    1. To produce, as an effect; to cause.
             The same cause would operate a diminution of the
             value of stock.                       --A. Hamilton.
    2. To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to
       work; as, to operate a machine.
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