operate


Definition: Meaning of, operate in English to English dictionary.

Pronunciation: / ˈɒpəreɪt /

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Word Forms:
Prsesent Past Past Participle
operate operated operated
Present Participle Third Person Singular
operating operates
  1. machine [transitive] to use and control a machine or equipment
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  2. machine [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a machine operates in a particular way, it works in that way
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  3. business/organization [intransitive] if a business or organization operates in a particular place or way, it works in that place or way
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  4. business/organization [transitive] to control a business or organization
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  5. system/process/service [intransitive and transitive] if a system, process, or service operates, or if you operate it, it works
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  6. medical [intransitive] to cut into someone's body in order to repair or remove a part that is damaged
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  7. work [intransitive] to do your job or try to achieve things in a particular way
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  8. soldiers/police [intransitive] if soldiers or police officers are operating in an area, they are working in that area
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  9. operate as something to have a particular purpose
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  10. laws/principles [intransitive] to have an effect on something
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operate used in phrases

  • operate on (verb)
    1. medicine perform surgery on
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