# operate

## Definitions

• "Fred was the first to be operated on."
• WordNet 3.6
• v operate perform surgery on "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"
• v operate happen "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
• v operate perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
• v operate handle and cause to function "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol","control the lever"
• v operate keep engaged "engaged the gears"
• v operate 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"
• v operate direct or control; projects, businesses, etc. "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
• Interesting fact: In the U.S. there is, on average, three sex change operations per day
• Operate 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."
• Operate To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
• Operate To perform a work or labor; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.
• Operate (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.
• Operate (Med) To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature;
• Operate To produce, as an effect; to cause. "The same cause would operate a diminution of the value of stock."
• Operate To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work; as, to operate a machine.
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