direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
"She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
function, work, operate, go, run(verb)
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"
handle and cause to function
"do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
manoeuver, maneuver, manoeuvre, operate(verb)
perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
"What is going on in the minds of the people?"
engage, mesh, lock, operate(verb)
"engaged the gears"
operate on, operate(verb)
perform surgery on
"The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"
To perform a work or labour; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.
To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature; especially (Med.), to take appropriate effect on the human system.
To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence.
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.
To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
To produce, as an effect; to cause.
To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work; as, to operate a machine.
Origin: From operatus, past participle of operari, from opus, operis.
"Operate" is a Dance-punk song written and recorded by Peaches. The song was released as a double limited vinyl A-side with "Shake Yer Dix" to promote the release of her second studio album Fatherfucker.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
op′ėr-āt, v.i. to work: to exert strength: to produce any effect: to exert moral power: (med.) to take effect upon the human system: (surg.) to perform some unusual act upon the body with the hand or an instrument.—v.t. to effect: to produce by agency.—n. Operam′eter, an instrument for indicating the number of movements made by a part of a machine.—adj. Op′erant, operative.—n. an operator.—n. Operā′tion, art or process of operating, or of being at work: that which is done or carried out: agency: influence: method of working: action or movements: surgical performance.—adj. Op′erātive, having the power of operating or acting: exerting force: producing effects: efficacious.—n. a workman in a manufactory: a labourer.—adv. Op′erātively.—ns. Op′erātiveness; Op′erātor, one who, or that which, operates or produces an effect: (math.) a letter, &c., signifying an operation to be performed. [L. operāri, -ātus—opera, work, closely conn. with opus, operis, work.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'operate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2552
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'operate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3144
Rank popularity for the word 'operate' in Verbs Frequency: #225
The numerical value of operate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of operate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door.
You never have a chance for your luck to operate if you don't take risks.
If Darwin's theory of evolution was correct, cats would be able to operate a can opener by now.
We hope we can operate all of the heavy equipment today, we could not operate the equipment soon after the landslide. We had to be very careful about the stability of the ground.
In a very narrow category of cases where the federal government believes an injustice has been done, then federal prosecutors will step in, but by and large, they operate in separate spheres.
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Translations for operate
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- operieren, betreibenGerman
- influir, controlar, operar, trabajar, especular, manipular, obrarSpanish
- operoida, leikata, suorittaa, vaikuttaa, aiheuttaa, toimia, käyttää, tehota, tehdäFinnish
- üzemel, működikHungarian
- attivare, operareItalian
- 操作, 運営するJapanese
- tapahi, pokaMāori
- opereren, aandrijvenDutch
- работать, оказывать влияние, спекулировать, влиять, эксплуатировать, вызывать, оперировать, управлять, действоватьRussian
- vận hànhVietnamese
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