What does operate mean?
Definitions for operate
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direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
"She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
function, work, operate, go, runverb
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, operateverb
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, operateverb
"engaged the gears"
operate on, operateverb
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.
Etymology: From operatus, past participle of operari, from opus, operis.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
To act; to have agency; to produce effects.
Etymology: operor, Latin; operer, French.
The virtues of private persons operate but on a few; their sphere of action is narrow, and their influence is confined to it. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.
Bodies produce ideas in us, manifestly by impulse, the only way which we can conceive bodies operate in. John Locke.
It can operate on the guts and stomach, and thereby produce distinct ideas. John Locke.
A plain convincing reason operates on the mind, both of a learned and ignorant hearer as long as they live. Jonathan Swift.
Where causes operate freely, with a liberty of indifference to this or the contrary, the effect will be contingent, and the certain knowledge of it belongs only to God. Isaac Watts.
"Operate" is a 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.
"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
Examples of operate in a Sentence
Any legislation that allows federally regulated financial institutions to enter the cannabis sector will be a huge step forward, for the sector to reach its full potential responsibly, all players in it, including federal and state governments, need to be able to operate with greater transparency, efficiency, and safety regarding payments. A bill that helps to instill those qualities into the sector is very much needed.
We see a difference in how the Saudis operate.
To shut down Stars and Stripes on Oct. 1 would defy the expressed will of the House and pre-empt full consideration by The Senate, there's every reason to expect that the federal government will operate under a Continuing Resolution when the current fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. Secretary Esper and Defense Department should commit to continuing to fund Stars and Stripes under such a scenario -- and when Congress completes the budget process, it should then make Stars and Stripes' funding ironclad.
Chief Financial Officer Tom Szlosek:
I would n’t say that we’re out to cut costs, we’re out to operate our enterprise more efficiently, and in a more economic way.
The Fed has the tools that The Fed needs, and we are giving them the space that The Fed needs to operate.
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- operieren, betreibenGerman
- trabajar, influir, especular, obrar, controlar, operar, manipularSpanish
- tehota, vaikuttaa, suorittaa, aiheuttaa, toimia, tehdä, leikata, käyttää, operoidaFinnish
- üzemel, működikHungarian
- operare, attivareItalian
- 操作, 運営するJapanese
- poka, tapahiMāori
- aandrijven, opererenDutch
- вызывать, действовать, работать, оказывать влияние, управлять, оперировать, спекулировать, влиять, эксплуатироватьRussian
- vận hànhVietnamese
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