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op·er·ate

 (ŏp′ə-rāt′)
v. op·er·at·ed, op·er·at·ing, op·er·ates
v.intr.
1. To perform a function; work: The motor operates smoothly.
2. To perform surgery.
3.
a. To exert an influence: forces operating on the economy.
b. To produce a desired or proper effect: a drug that operates quickly.
4. To carry on a military or naval action or campaign.
5. Informal To conduct business in an irregular or devious manner: drug dealers operating in residential and urban areas.
v.tr.
1. To control the functioning of; run: operate a sewing machine.
2. To conduct the affairs of; manage: operate a business.
3. To supply with power: a car that is operated by electricity.

[Latin operārī, operāt-, to work; see op- in Indo-European roots.]

operate

(ˈɒpəˌreɪt)
vb
1. to function or cause to function
2. (tr) to control the functioning of: operate a machine.
3. to manage, direct, run, or pursue (a business, system, etc)
4. (intr) to perform a surgical operation (upon a person or animal)
5. (intr) to produce a desired or intended effect
6. (Mathematics) (usually foll by: on) to treat or process in a particular or specific way
7. (Military) (intr) to conduct military or naval operations
8. (Stock Exchange) (intr) to deal in securities on a stock exchange
[C17: from Latin operāri to work]

op•er•ate

(ˈɒp əˌreɪt)

v. -at•ed, -at•ing. v.i.
1. to work, perform, or function, as a machine does.
2. to exert force or influence (often fol. by on or upon).
3. to perform some process of work or treatment.
4. to perform a surgical procedure.
5.
a. to carry on military operations in war.
b. to give orders and carry out military acts, as distinguished from doing staff work.
6. to carry on transactions in securities, or some commodity, esp. speculatively or on a large scale.
7. Informal. to insinuate oneself; finagle.
v.t.
8. to manage or use (a machine, device, etc.).
9. to put or keep (a factory, industrial system, ranch, etc.) in operation.
10. to bring about, effect, or produce, as by action or the exertion of force or influence.
[1600–10; < Late Latin operārī, -āre to work, be efficacious, effect, produce, Latin: to busy oneself, v. derivative of opera effort, work]
op′er•at`a•ble, adj.

operate


Past participle: operated
Gerund: operating

Imperative
operate
operate
Present
I operate
you operate
he/she/it operates
we operate
you operate
they operate
Preterite
I operated
you operated
he/she/it operated
we operated
you operated
they operated
Present Continuous
I am operating
you are operating
he/she/it is operating
we are operating
you are operating
they are operating
Present Perfect
I have operated
you have operated
he/she/it has operated
we have operated
you have operated
they have operated
Past Continuous
I was operating
you were operating
he/she/it was operating
we were operating
you were operating
they were operating
Past Perfect
I had operated
you had operated
he/she/it had operated
we had operated
you had operated
they had operated
Future
I will operate
you will operate
he/she/it will operate
we will operate
you will operate
they will operate
Future Perfect
I will have operated
you will have operated
he/she/it will have operated
we will have operated
you will have operated
they will have operated
Future Continuous
I will be operating
you will be operating
he/she/it will be operating
we will be operating
you will be operating
they will be operating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been operating
you have been operating
he/she/it has been operating
we have been operating
you have been operating
they have been operating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been operating
you will have been operating
he/she/it will have been operating
we will have been operating
you will have been operating
they will have been operating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been operating
you had been operating
he/she/it had been operating
we had been operating
you had been operating
they had been operating
Conditional
I would operate
you would operate
he/she/it would operate
we would operate
you would operate
they would operate
Past Conditional
I would have operated
you would have operated
he/she/it would have operated
we would have operated
you would have operated
they would have operated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.operate - direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
financier - conduct financial operations, often in an unethical manner
direct - be in charge of
work - operate in or through; "Work the phones"
block - run on a block system; "block trains"
warm up - run until the normal working temperature is reached; "We warmed up the car for a few minutes"
2.operate - 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"
double - do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions; "She doubles as his wife and secretary"
roll - begin operating or running; "The cameras were rolling"; "The presses are already rolling"
run - be operating, running or functioning; "The car is still running--turn it off!"
cut - function as a cutting instrument; "This knife cuts well"
work - operate in or through; "Work the phones"
service, serve - be used by; as of a utility; "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his horses"
3.operate - handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
synchronise, synchronize - operate simultaneously; "The clocks synchronize"
master, control - have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; "Do you control these data?"
dial - operate a dial to select a telephone number; "You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial"
manipulate - hold something in one's hands and move it
turn - alter the functioning or setting of; "turn the dial to 10"; "turn the heat down"
submarine - control a submarine
treadle - operate (machinery) by a treadle
relay - control or operate by relay
gate - control with a valve or other device that functions like a gate
pedal - operate the pedals on a keyboard instrument
drive - operate or control a vehicle; "drive a car or bus"; "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"
aviate, pilot, fly - operate an airplane; "The pilot flew to Cuba"
4.operate - perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defenseoperate - perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
move, go - have a turn; make one's move in a game; "Can I go now?"
jockey - compete (for an advantage or a position)
5.operate - happen; "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
hap, happen, occur, come about, take place, go on, pass off, fall out, pass - come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
6.operate - keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
flip, switch, throw - cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever"
ride - keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot; "Don't ride the clutch!"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
7.operate - perform surgery on; "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"
practice of medicine, medicine - the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries; "he studied medicine at Harvard"
desex, desexualise, desexualize, sterilise, sterilize, unsex, fix - make infertile; "in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disabilites are sterilized"
face-lift, lift - perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face
trephine - operate on with a trephine
care for, treat - provide treatment for; "The doctor treated my broken leg"; "The nurses cared for the bomb victims"; "The patient must be treated right away or she will die"; "Treat the infection with antibiotics"
venesect - practice venesection

operate

verb
1. manage, run, direct, handle, govern, oversee, supervise, preside over, be in charge of, call the shots in, superintend, call the tune in Until his death he owned and operated a huge company.
2. function, work, act, be in business, be in action allowing commercial businesses to operate in the country
3. run, work, use, control, drive, manoeuvre The men were trapped as they operated a tunnelling machine.
4. work, go, run, perform, function the number of fax machines operating around the world
work stop, fail, halt, break down, stall, cut out (informal), falter, seize up, conk out (informal)
5. perform surgery, carry out surgery, put someone under the knife (informal) The surgeons had to decide quickly whether or not to operate.

operate

verb
1. To perform a function effectively:
2. To control or direct the functioning of:
3. To control the course of (an activity):
4. To react in a specified way:
Translations
يُجرَي عَمَلِيَّةٌ جِرَاحِيَةٌيُجْري عَمَلِيَّةً جِراحِيَّهيُشَغِّلُيَعْمَل، تَعْمَل الآلَه
fungovatoperovat
opererevirkedrivefungere
leikatatoimia
operirativoditi
operál
ganga, vera í gangiskera upp
手術する操作する
수술하다작동하다
daryti operacijąkovos veiksmaioperacijaoperacinėoperacinis
darbotiesoperētstrādāt
operovať
delovatioperiratiupravljati
drivaoperera
ปฏิบัติผ่าตัด
mổvận hành

operate

[ˈɒpəreɪt]
A. VT
1. (= work) [+ machine, vehicle, switchboard] → manejar; [+ switch, lever] → accionar
can you operate this machine?¿sabes manejar esta máquina?
this switch operates a faneste interruptor activa un ventilador
2. (= run, manage) [+ company] → dirigir; [+ service] → ofrecer; [+ system] → aplicar; [+ mine, oil well, quarry] → explotar
they operate a system of flexible working hoursaplican un horario flexible de trabajo
B. VI
1. (= function) [machine, system, principle, mind] → funcionar; [person] → actuar, obrar; [law] → regir
she knows how to operate in a crisissabe cómo actuar or obrar en los momentos difíciles
we operate on the principle thatpartimos del principio de que ...
special laws operate in Northern Irelanden Irlanda del Norte rigen leyes especiales
2. (= act, influence) [drug, propaganda] → actuar (on sobre) [factors] → intervenir
advertising operates on the subconsciousla publicidad actúa sobre el subconsciente
3. (= carry on one's business) [person] → trabajar; [company, factory, criminal, service] → operar; [airport] → funcionar
we shall be operating under difficult conditionstrabajaremos en unas condiciones difíciles
we were operating at a lossestábamos operando con déficit
an airline operating out of Heathrowuna compañía aérea con base en Heathrow or que opera desde Heathrow
a drug ring operating in New Yorkuna red de narcotráfico que opera en Nueva York
this service does not operate on Sundayseste servicio no opera or no funciona los domingos
all flights are operating normallytodos los vuelos están operando con normalidad
4. (Med) → operar
to operate on sb (for sth)operar a algn (de algo)
she was operated on for appendicitisla operaron de apendicitis
to operate on sb's back/eyesoperar a algn de la espalda/de la vista

operate

[ˈɒpəreɪt]
vt
[+ machine] → faire marcher, faire fonctionner
How do you operate the video? → Comment fait-on fonctionner le magnétoscope?
[+ company, organization] → exploiter
He operated an enormous pear orchard → Il exploitait un immense verger de poiriers.
[+ system] → opérer
We've always operated a system of control → Un système de contrôle a toujours été en place., Nous avons toujours opéré un système de contrôle.
vi (= work) → fonctionner
I don't know how the electoral system operates in France → Je ne sais pas comment fonctionne le système électoral en France.
to operate on the same principle → fonctionner sur le même principe
[organization, company] → opérer
the multinational companies which operate in their country → les multinationales qui opèrent dans leur pays
[natural law] → opérer
[surgeon] → opérer
[drug] → faire effet
operate on
vt fus [+ patient] → opérer
to be operated on → être opéré

operate

vi
(machine, mechanism)funktionieren; (= be powered)betrieben werden (by, on mit); (= be in operation)laufen, in Betrieb sein; (fig: worker) → arbeiten; how does it operate?wie funktioniert es?; to operate at maximum capacity (lit, fig)Höchstleistung bringen
(theory, plan, law)sich auswirken; (causes, factors) → hinwirken (→ on, for auf +acc); (organization, system)arbeiten; (medicine) → wirken; I don’t understand how his mind operatesich verstehe seine Gedankengänge nicht; to operate against somebody/somethinggegen jdn/etw wirken; to operate in favour of somebody/somethingzugunsten or zu Gunsten von jdm/etw wirken
(= carry on one’s business)operieren; (company)operieren, Geschäfte tätigen; (airport, station)in Betrieb sein; (buses, planes)verkehren; I don’t like the way he operatesich mag seine Methoden nicht; that firm operates by defrauding its customerses gehört zu den (Geschäfts)methoden der Firma, die Kunden zu betrügen
(Mil) → operieren
(Med) → operieren (on sb/sth jdn/etw); to be operated onoperiert werden; he operated on him for appendicitis/a cataracter operierte ihn am Blinddarm/auf grauen Star
vt
(person) machine, switchboard etcbedienen; (= set in operation)in Betrieb setzen; brakes etcbetätigen; (lever, button etc) → betätigen; (electricity, batteries etc) → betreiben
(= manage) businessbetreiben, führen
(= put into practice) system, lawanwenden, arbeiten nach; policy alsobetreiben
(airline etc) routebedienen; bus etc serviceunterhalten; holiday, toursveranstalten

operate

[ˈɒpəˌreɪt]
1. vt
a. (machine, switchboard, brakes) → azionare, far funzionare
a machine operated by electricity → una macchina funzionante a corrente (elettrica)
can you operate this tool? → sai usare questo strumento?
b. (company) → dirigere, gestire; (service) → gestire; (system, law) → applicare
2. vi
a. (function, machine, mind) → funzionare
b. (drug, propaganda) → agire
c. (company, firm) → operare; (bus, airport) → essere in funzione; (person) → agire
d. (Med) → operare, intervenire (su)
to operate on sb → operare qn
to be operated on → subire un'operazione f or un intervento (chirurgico)
she was operated on for appendicitis → fu operata di appendicite

operate

(ˈopəreit) verb
1. to act or work. The sewing-machine isn't operating properly.
2. to do or perform a surgical operation. The surgeon operated on her for appendicitis.
ˌopeˈration noun
1. an action or process, especially when planned. a rescue operation.
2. the process of working. Our plan is now in operation.
3. the act of surgically cutting a part of the body in order to cure disease. an operation for appendicitis.
4. (often in plural) the movement, fighting etc of armies. The general was in command of operations in the north.
ˌopeˈrational adjective
in good working order.
ˈoperative (-rətiv) , ((American) -reitiv) adjective
in action, having effect. Many old laws are still operative.
ˈoperator noun
1. a person who works a machine. a lift operator.
2. a person who connects telephone calls. Ask the operator to connect you to that number.
ˈoperating room noun
(sometimes theatre) the room in a hospital in which operations are performed.

operate

يُجرَي عَمَلِيَّةٌ جِرَاحِيَةٌ, يُشَغِّلُ fungovat, operovat drive, operere funktionieren, operieren εγχειρίζω, λειτουργώ funcionar, operar leikata, toimia opérer operirati, voditi dirigere, operare 手術する, 操作する 수술하다, 작동하다 beheren, opereren betjene, operere zadziałać, zoperować dirigir, funcionar, operar действовать, оперировать driva, operera ปฏิบัติ, ผ่าตัด ameliyat etmek, işlemek mổ, vận hành 手术, 操作

op·er·ate

v. operar, intervenir, proceder.

operate

vt, vi operar; to operate machinery..operar maquinaria… We need to operate on your leg..Tenemos que operarle (de) la pierna.
References in classic literature ?
It was quite otherwise with Hepzibah; the Judge's smile seemed to operate on her acerbity of heart like sunshine upon vinegar, making it ten times sourer than ever.
If he possesses an unusual share of native energy, or the enervating magic of place do not operate too long upon him, his forfeited powers may be redeemable.
Remember, also, that the surgeon must operate from above, some eight or ten feet intervening between him and his subject, and that subject almost hidden in a discolored, rolling, and oftentimes tumultuous and bursting sea.
While something in me," he went on, "is acutely sensible to her charms, something else is as deeply impressed with her defects: they are such that she could sympathise in nothing I aspired to--co- operate in nothing I undertook.
Don't let me have a woman who doesn't know who I am to operate on my beard to-morrow morning.
Copperfield will take the chair I'll operate on him.
The miserable man was a man of that confined stolidity of mind, that he could not discuss my prospects without having me before him - as it were, to operate upon - and he would drag me up from my stool (usually by the collar) where I was quiet in a corner, and, putting me before the fire as if I were going to be cooked, would begin by saying, "Now, Mum, here is this boy
It was not that Ivanhoe's former carriage expressed more than that general devotional homage which youth always pays to beauty; yet it was mortifying that one word should operate as a spell to remove poor Rebecca, who could not be supposed altogether ignorant of her title to such homage, into a degraded class, to whom it could not be honourably rendered.
The heat I had contracted by coming very near the flames, and by labouring to quench them, made the wine begin to operate by urine; which I voided in such a quantity, and applied so well to the proper places, that in three minutes the fire was wholly extinguished, and the rest of that noble pile, which had cost so many ages in erecting, preserved from destruction.
The Western Union had lost its case, for several very simple reasons: It had tried to operate a telephone system on telegraphic lines, a plan that has invariably been unsuccessful, it had a low idea of the possibilities of the telephone business; and its already busy agents had little time or knowledge or enthusiasm to give to the new enterprise.
And if we consider that nevertheless there have been at all times certain officers whose duty it was to see that private buildings contributed to public ornament, the difficulty of reaching high perfection with but the materials of others to operate on, will be readily acknowledged.
Ambition, avarice, personal animosity, party opposition, and many other motives not more laudable than these, are apt to operate as well upon those who support as those who oppose the right side of a question.