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Meaning & Definition of Operate in English

English

Operate

/ɑpəret/

verb

1. Direct or control

  • Projects, businesses, etc.
  • "She is running a relief operation in the sudan"
    synonym:
  • operate
  • ,
  • run

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • function
  • ,
  • work
  • ,
  • operate
  • ,
  • go
  • ,
  • run

3. Handle and cause to function

  • "Do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"
  • "Control the lever"
    synonym:
  • operate
  • ,
  • control

4. Perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense

    synonym:
  • manoeuver
  • ,
  • maneuver
  • ,
  • manoeuvre
  • ,
  • operate

5. Happen

  • "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
    synonym:
  • operate

6. Keep engaged

  • "Engaged the gears"
    synonym:
  • engage
  • ,
  • mesh
  • ,
  • lock
  • ,
  • operate

7. Perform surgery on

  • "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"
    synonym:
  • operate on
  • ,
  • operate

Examples of using

Do you know how to operate this machine?
Tom knows how to operate practically any mode of transportation.
Pickpockets may operate in this area.