Definitions for: Operate


[v] perform surgery on; "The doctors operated ont he patient but failed to save his life"
[v] happen; "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
[v] perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
[v] handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
[v] keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
[v] 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] direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"



Webster (1913) Definition: Op"er*ate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Operated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Operating.] [L. operatus, p. p. of operari to work,
fr. opus, operis, work, labor; akin to Skr. apas, and also to
G. ["u]ben to exercise, OHG. uoben, Icel. ?fa. Cf. Inure,
Maneuver, Ure.]
1. To perform a work or labor; to exert power or strengh,
physical or mechanical; to act.

2. To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the
result designed by nature; especially (Med.), to take
appropriate effect on the human system.

3. To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power
or influence.

The virtues of private persons operate but on a few.
--Atterbury.

A plain, convincing reason operates on the mind both
of a learned and ignorant hearer as long as they
live. --Swift.

4. (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.

5. To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to
speculative profits. [Brokers' Cant]


Op"er*ate, v. t.
1. To produce, as an effect; to cause.

The same cause would operate a diminution of the
value of stock. --A. Hamilton.

2. To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to
work; as, to operate a machine.

Synonyms: control, engage, function, go, lock, maneuver, manoeuvre, mesh, operate on, run, run, work

Antonyms: disengage, malfunction, misfunction, withdraw

See Also: aviate, block, care for, come about, cut, desex, desexualise, desexualize, dial, direct, displace, double, drive, face-lift, financier, fix, flip, fly, gate, go, go on, hap, happen, jockey, lift, manipulate, move, move, occur, pass, pass off, pedal, pilot, relay, ride, roll, serve, service, sterilise, sterilize, submarine, switch, synchronise, synchronize, take place, throw, treadle, treat, trephine, turn, unsex, warm up, work

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