operate

  • 1 operate — op‧e‧rate [ˈɒpəreɪt ǁ ˈɑː ] verb 1. [transitive] to use and control a machine or equipment: • the software necessary to operate the machine 2. [intransitive] MANUFACTURING if a machine, factory etc operates in a particular way, it works in that… …

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  • 3 Operate — Op er*ate, v. t. 1. To produce, as an effect; to cause. [1913 Webster] The same cause would operate a diminution of the value of stock. A. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 2. To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work; as, to operate… …

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  • 4 operate — I verb accomplish, achieve, act, act upon, administer, administrate, assume responsibility, attain, bring about, caretake, carry into execution, carry on, carry out, cause, command, conduct, control, deal with, direct, discharge, do, drive,… …

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  • 5 operate — [v1] perform, function accomplish, achieve, act, act on, advance, behave, be in action, bend, benefit, bring about, burn, carry on, click*, compel, complete, concern, conduct, contact, contrive, convey, cook*, determine, direct, do, enforce,… …

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  • 6 Operate — 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. [ae]fa. Cf. {Inure},… …

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  • 7 operate — (v.) c.1600, to be in effect, from L. operari to work, labor (in L.L. to have effect, be active, cause ); see OPERATION (Cf. operation). Surgical sense is first attested 1799. Meaning to work machinery is from 1864 in Amer.Eng. Related: Operated; …

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  • 8 operate — *act, behave, work, function, react …

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  • 9 operate — has derivative forms operable (‘able to be operated on’, especially in medical contexts) and operator …

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  • 10 operate — ► VERB 1) (of a machine, process, etc.) be in action; function. 2) control the functioning of (a machine or process). 3) (with reference to an organization) manage or be managed. 4) (of an armed force) conduct military activities. 5) be in effect …

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  • 11 operate — [äp′ər āt΄] vi. operated, operating [< L operatus, pp. of operari, to work < opus (gen. operis): see OPUS] 1. to be in action so as to produce an effect; act; function; work 2. to bring about a desired or appropriate effect; have a certain… …

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  • 12 operate */*/*/ — UK [ˈɒpəreɪt] / US [ˈɑpəˌreɪt] verb Word forms operate : present tense I/you/we/they operate he/she/it operates present participle operating past tense operated past participle operated 1) a) [intransitive] if equipment operates, it works and… …

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  • 13 operate — op|e|rate W2S3 [ˈɔpəreıt US ˈa:p ] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(machine)¦ 2¦(business/organization)¦ 3¦(system/process/service)¦ 4¦(medical)¦ 5¦(work)¦ 6¦(soldiers/police)¦ 7 operate as something 8¦(laws/principles)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; …

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  • 14 operate — op|er|ate [ apə,reıt ] verb *** ▸ 1 equipment: work ▸ 2 organization: work ▸ 3 make medical cut in body ▸ 4 system: be available ▸ 5 rule: have effect ▸ 6 do something in a particular way 1. ) intransitive if equipment operates, it works and does …

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  • 15 operate — verb 1 MACHINE a) (T) to use and control a machine or equipment: If affected by drowsiness, do not drive or operate heavy machinery. | instructions for operating the central heating b) (intransitive always + adv/prep) if a machine operates in a… …

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  • 16 operate — verb 1 machine ADVERB ▪ effectively, efficiently, reliably ▪ normally, properly ▪ The equipment was not operating properly. ▪ continuous …

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  • 17 operate — [[t]ɒ̱pəreɪt[/t]] ♦ operates, operating, operated 1) V ERG If you operate a business or organization, you work to keep it running properly. If a business or organization operates, it carries out its work. [V n] Until his death in 1986 Greenwood… …

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  • 18 operate — 01. I didn t know how to [operate] the machine when I started the job, but I learned how to do it fairly quickly. 02. The computers are down, but they should be [operational] again within an hour or so. 03. The Johnsons have been [operating]… …

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  • 19 operate — operatable, adj. /op euh rayt /, v., operated, operating. v.i. 1. to work, perform, or function, as a machine does: This engine does not operate properly. 2. to work or use a machine, apparatus, or the like. 3. to act effectively; produce an… …

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  • 20 operate*/*/*/ — [ˈɒpəˌreɪt] verb 1) [I/T] if equipment operates, or if you operate it, you use or control it and it works in the way it should The equipment was not operating properly.[/ex] The motor operates at very high speeds.[/ex] Do not operate machinery… …

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